‘The Spook Who Sat By The Door’: Lee Daniels, Fox 21 Developing Series Based On The Novel And ‘70s Blaxploitation Classic
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‘The Spook Who Sat By The Door’: Lee Daniels, Fox 21 Developing Series Based On The Novel And ‘70s Blaxploitation Classic

Lee Daniels Entertainment, with Fox 21 Television Studios, has optioned the novel The Spook Who Sat by the Door to develop a TV series based on the book and the 1973 blaxploitation film.

A writer is currently being sought to pen the adaptation. The novel was first released in 1963. The 1973 film starred Lawrence Cook, Janet League and Paula Kelly. In 2012, the movie was added to the National Film Registry.

According to Deadline, the potential series "looks at the fictional story of Dan Freeman, the first African American CIA officer hired by the agency in the late 1960s. The story chronicles the quest of Freeman, who was recruited as part of an affirmative action program. After a very competitive selection process, he trains in high-level combat and espionage. However, following this arduous training, this model recruit is rewarded with a post in the reprographics (aka photocopying) department, ‘left by the door’ as a token of the CIA’s ‘racial equality.’"

No other details are known at this time.

This is the latest in a blaxploitation boom, including a recent film reboot of Super Fly and an upcoming Shaft film. Misha Green is rebooting Cleopatra Jones. Get Christie Love pilot from Power creator Courtney Kemp was passed over at ABC, and the status of a Hulu reboot of Foxy Brown starring Meagan Good is unknown.