Issa Rae Is Reportedly​ Producing A “Set It​ Off” Remake!

Issa Rae, having sent up contemporary African-American life on Insecure, is setting her sights on the cinema: She’s set up a Set It Off remake at New Line, says Collider. The original movie,...

Issa Rae on a red carpet.
Issa Rae at the 2019 NBA Awards.Rich Fury/Getty Images

Issa Rae, having sent up contemporary African-American life on Insecure, is setting her sights on the cinema: She’s set up a Set It Off remake at New Line, says Collider. The original movie, an ensemble crime thriller from director F. Gary Gray about a group of female bank robbers, starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, and Kimberly Elise. Set It Off was a respectable but not a runaway hit back in 1996: It pulled in $36 million domestically in its initial release, coming in third on opening weekend after the Mel Gibson vehicle Ransom and the second week of Romeo + Juliet. But there have been countless Romeos and Juliets in the years since, from anime to Bollywood; revisiting the work of Mel Gibson raises its own problems; and Hustlers made a killing this weekend, so: Set It Off. Here’s the home video trailer for the original film, which was Queen Latifah’s film debut:

There is nothing that will make you miss the 1990s more than a few seconds of no-CGI car and helicopter stunts from the era! On the other hand, there is nothing that will make you glad it is no longer the 1990s more than reading Variety try to explain Set It Off’s opening weekend without giving too much credit to the wrong underserved segment of the film audience:

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