Friday, October 22, 2021

Issa Rae Shuts Down Rumors She’s Developing Remake of ‘Classic’ Crime Drama ‘Set It Off’

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*Issa Rae has finally responded to reports that she’s remaking “Set It Off.”

We previously reported… Rae was set to star in and produce a “reimagining” of the 1996 crime drama, according to Variety.

Directed by F. Gary Gray, “Set It Off” centers on four female friends who turn to robbing banks to offset their low-income jobs. The film stars Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise—and became a critical and box office success, grossing over $41 million against a budget of $9 million.

During a conversation with Entertainment Tonight, Rae shut down rumors that she was working on remaking the film. 

“Oh, I would never remake a classic,” she told ET. “I don’t know where that came from.”

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It was originally reported that the star and creator of HBO’s “Insecure” would produce “Set It Off” with Montrel McKay, her partner at Issa Rae Productions.

Vivica A. Fox previously made clear that she’s not down with Rae’s reported reimagining of the cult classic. 

While speaking with ET Live last year to promote her film “Christmas Matchmakers,” Fox shared her thoughts about the “Set It Off” remake. 

“It’s a classic, leave it alone,” Fox said. “There’s absolutely no reason to try to redo it. It’s been done, and we did it so well, that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that’s her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left.”

Fox noted at the time that Rae should continue to focus on developing original content. 

“Like, create your own franchise,” she continued. “If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks, create your own thing. You can make it up to date. We did that film in 1996. We are in 2019, going into 2020. So, create your own thing because people are absolutely going to compare it to it, and she’ll probably, if it’s not good, they’re going to slay her for it.”

Do you agree? Sound off in the comments below. 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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