Common has signed on to star in a remake of coming-of-age drama “Cooley High.”
The Oscar winner will also produce the revamp of the 1975 Blaxploitation comedic drama, which featured Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.
“Cooley High” was set in Common’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and centered on a pair of teen best friends during the final weeks of the school year.
The original film was produced on a $750,000 budget and grossed $13 million at the U.S. box office, making it one of the top 30 highest domestic grossing films of 1975.
Bosses at America’s ABC network developed a TV adaptation of “Cooley High” soon afterward, but the pilot was poorly received.
As a result, studio executives asked the show’s producers to completely revamp the show as a sitcom with new characters and a new title, and the series became beloved comedy “What’s Happening!”