A remake of the 1973 Blaxploitation female empowerment film Cleopatra Jones was first mooted a few years ago, and now it seems to finally be happening, no doubt due to the current climate. I haven’t seen the original film [though I’ll bet my left nut that our webmistress Bat has, and I’ll also bet that Quentin Tarantino absolutely loves it], but it starred Tamara Dobson as a character who seems rather like a female James Bond. Here is the IMDB synopsis:
Cleopatra Jones is a United States Special Agent assigned to crack down on drug-trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. After she burns a Turkish poppy field, the notorious drug-lord Mommy is furious at the loss of her supply and vows to destroy Cleopatra Jones. Mommy uses her connections with bad cops on the force to cause trouble for Cleopatra’s friends and set her up for an attack. Meanwhile, Mommy is having trouble with some of her pushers, like the renegade Doodlebug.
Warner Bros. have enlisted Misha Green to write and produce the new version. The deal comes not long after Sony has set a new version of another Blaxploitation cult favourite Super Fly, and after New Line is prepping another go at Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson returning as the original Shaft’s nephew and the original Shaft Richard Roundtree coming back as well. So exciting times for Blaxploitation fans!