Issa Rae’s got plans to remix the 1996, cult-classic film, Set It Off, but issa no for actress, Vivica A. Fox.
Rae is producing a new version of the movie, and plans to star in the project herself, which will be written by Insecure writer, Syreeta Singleton and Star writer Nina Gloster, according to THR. The original version of the movie was directed by F. Gary Gray and starred a powerhouse of talented Black women including Fox, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Kimberly Elise.
However, Fox, who played bank teller, Frankie, was unapologetic in her criticism when she told ET Live‘s Melicia Johnson that there is no need to reimagine the crime thriller.
“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.”
“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.”
Say it like you mean it Vivica!
On Wednesday, the 55-year-old actress and producer was on set promoting her holiday movie, Christmas Matchmakers. Fox plays Kate in the TV movie which is centered around two personal assistants who attempt to set up their bosses but end up fall in love with each other during the holidays. Fans can find Christmas Matchmakers on Dec. 8 on ION.
“Christmas movies are just the best,” Fox said. “Everyone loves to sit around and put on their onesie or their ugly Christmas sweater and have some hot chocolate and they can watch ION network all day because this is my fifth film I’ve produced and starred in for them.”