A few months ago, we reported that Issa Rae was working on a reimagining of the classic nineties film Set It Off. At the time, there was very little information about what “reimagining” meant and how much Issa’s project would align with the original 1996 film and what changes she’d make.
Still, since the announcement, Vivica Fox, one of the stars of the film, sat down with
“Entertainment Tonight Live” to share her thoughts on the project. They weren’t exactly glowing. See what she had to say below.
Makes an exasperated face* “Okay, I’ll give an answer. It’s a classic. Leave it alone. 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—create your own new franchise. You can make it up to date. We did that film in 1996 we’re in 2019, going into 2020. So create your own thing because people are absolutely going to compare it to it. And if it’s not going people are going to slay her for it.”
Vivica also shared her thoughts on reboots in general.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it if they do something that goes into the next chapter of the story. It’s when they try to recreate it and it’s already been done and that magic’s been captured in a bottle. It’s very hard to capture that just so you know. Nothing’s guaranteed. Unless it’s moving the story forward, I just don’t think that should be done.”
I hear her. This is a risk. And the way Set It Off ended with such finality, I can see why the original cast members might feel some trepidation about someone spinning the story one way or the other. But perhaps in Issa’s reimagining Cleo doesn’t go out like that. We’ll see. The thing about reboots is that people are often to curious that they end up watching them despite their initial protests.