Ya’ll Here For This? BET Is Bringing Boomerang To The Small Screen
I love the film Boomerang. When I watch it, it gives me all kinds of feels. It’s one of those movies that makes me remember how great black content was in the 90s. So when I heard that it’s being developed as a TV series, I got excited.
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, BET’s new president, Scott Mills, discussed the network’s trajectory for its scripted content. Among three new TV series coming to the channel will be Boomerang, an adaptation of the 1992 feature film comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Robin Givens.
Now, you may be thinking, not another reboot. I get it. But this is Boomerang we’re talking about! No, the series will not be able to re-create the infamous Grace Jones character who was all kinds of inappropriate with Eddie Murphy’s character. Neither will it be able to re-ignite the hysteria of watching queen Eartha Kitt get all sensual seduction on us.
But the premise is a classic one – a young, arrogant, handsome man taking the corporate world by storm while trying to find Miss Right based on whether or not she has hammer toes. I mean, plop Marcus, Eddie Murphy’s character, into 2018, and he’s the prototype for today’s f-ck boy. Did I tell any lies here?
So, yes, I am here for this! BET needs more fun and historically black nostalgic stories added to their slate. Original programming like Will Packer’s comedy Peachtree Place and American Soul, a drama about Soul Train‘s Don Cornelius, will be coming to the network as well, but there’s nothing wrong with reaching into the past every now and then, especially if the right people are involved.
So, when BET’s president was asked about the the biggest challenge the network faces right now, he explained that a lot of other outlets like HBO and Netflix are drawing in their targeted black audience a little better at the moment than they are.
“So the biggest challenge is that there are a lot of people really aggressively serving our audience and that means we have to be an extraordinary partner to the creative executives who are best at creating content for our audience. And that means we have to engage and support the creative community and we have to be respectful of the fact that they do have options,” he said. “And we are respectful of the fact that they consider BET home and they want to do projects here. We have to make it compelling, easy and fun for them to do projects with BET.”
A writing and producing team have not been assembled for the 10-episode series, but I’m secretly hoping that Mara Brock Akil will be involved in some way, shape or form (or some other dynamic black creative, of course). Mills explained that the TV version of the classic film will be set in the present-day that explores many things, including the generational divide between Gen X’ers and Millennials.
So, what are your thoughts? Excited to see Boomerang on TV or nah? And any ideas as to who could play the cocky yet endearing Marcus?
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog.
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