We are all on the edge of our seats! Why? The sequel to the 1997 cinematic favorite, The Best Man, is on its way! The Best Man Holiday will be coming to a theater near you on November 15, 2013 and we have the extended trailer right here, in case you missed the premiere on the BET Awards last night. But before you take a look, you are probably wondering how the idea for the sequel came about fifteen years later, right? Well here’s a snippet of director Malcolm D. Lee’s interview with The YBF talking about the revival:
Q: Why a sequel 14 years later?
Malcolm D. Lee: “I would describe this movie as the right script at the right time. It was timing it, that’s how this business works, in success they want to make more of the same thing…We met in Jan 2011 and after everyone said they would do it, Morris said, Ok what is the next step? I said, We have to wait until Jumping the broom comes out and see how that movie does, and Morris said we don’t need them, and that might be true but it will prove to the studios that black people would want to go see movies about successful black people.“ “Nobody up here did it for the money, they did it for the Love of the movie.”
Q: The studio is not sure, even though the first one was a success, and they got the cast and everything and they’re still not sure?
Sanaa Lathan: “All of a sudden the studio wasn’t sure. We are not sure that it has all of the elements as the first one. We couldn’t believe that they couldn’t see it. We did a table read and acted it all out like a play. It was basically like we were auditioning as this cast for the movie. “
Malcom D. Lee: “After the table read, they were just blown away. They said, You know what? Reading it on this page doesn’t compare to hearing the words out loud.”
Q: What should we expect from the soundtrack…
Malcom D Lee: I can’t give away too much, but a couple of artist already contributed to the movie. Marsha Ambrosius and Anthony Hamilton do a duet that will knock you guys out. There are a lot of Christmas songs and a lot of remakes, it will be a mix but satisfying.
Press play below to soak up The Best Man Holiday goodness! How excited are you?