Super Fly – Gordon Parks’s iconic 1972 feature about a cocaine dealer in Harlem, New York – has been remade in Atlanta. Director X, who directed Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta,” chose this locale for this year’s Superfly. “In 1971, Harlem was the epicenter of black culture. It was really what Atlanta is today,” he explains in the trailer. Actor Big Boi echoes, “As for style and influence and culture, Atlanta’s got the juice right now.”
To make sure the production design matched the location, Director X and his team sourced Rick Ross’s enormous 12-bedroom mansion (which sits on 235 acres in Fayetteville, Georgia) as the base for cocaine dealer Youngblood Priest’s enemies, the Snow Patrol. Ross has owned Villa Vittoriosa (or “Victory”) – the former estate of Evander Holyfield – since 2014. Ross purchased the foreclosed Georgian-style estate for $5.8 million. It features 109 rooms – including a bowling alley and a theater (which can accommodate 135 people) – as well as a 350,000-gallon pool.
During filming of 2018’s Superfly.