Torontos Director X brings blaxploitation classic Super Fly into 2018

first_imgDirector X, far right, director of the upcoming film Superfly, discusses the film onstage with cast members, from left, Jason Mitchell, Lex Scott Davis and Trevor Jackson during the Sony Pictures Entertainment presentation at CinemaCon 2018, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, at Caesars Palace on Monday, April 23, 2018, in Las Vegas. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / CHRIS PIZZELLO/INVISION/AP) Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook LOS ANGELES—In a nondescript room on the mammoth Sony Pictures lot, music video veteran-turned-filmmaker Director X edits a semi-finalized version of the upcoming Superfly remake, chicken salad in hand.The film, which will be screened before a small audience of friends and family the following day, is undergoing a last-minute cleanup before it’s scheduled to be shown to studio heads in its entirety for the first time.When asked whether the version of the film being edited today will be the same one theatregoers see upon the film’s June 15 release, the director, born Julien Christian Lutz in Toronto, laughed good-naturedly. “It all depends on Monday,” he said. “But this is what we’re presenting.” Superfly, which stars Grown-ish actor Trevor Jackson as the titular drug dealer, is a highly stylized action flick that truly pushes the limits of its R rating. News first broke that the film would go into production in January. After less than 40 days of shooting, it will open just in time for summer blockbuster season — a super-fast turnaround compared with the Hollywood standard.“It was not a lot of time to get this together,” X admitted. “But I tell my guys, ‘All those jobs where you had all the prep time you needed and time to get it right, this ain’t that job. All those jobs prepared you for this job.’ When they say, ‘Smooth seas don’t make experienced sailors,’ this was not a smooth sea.” As for the director himself, “I’m born from chaos filmmaking,” he said. “So it didn’t bother me a bit.” Twitterlast_img

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