Issa Rae Addresses Her ‘Set It Off’ Remake Rumor and Gives the Reason Why She Would Never Do It

There was a report that Issa Rae was producing a remake of Set It Off. It got a lot of backlash from lovers of the movie and a few cast members of the original film. She recently addressed the report. Find out what she had to say about it and more.

There was a report that Issa Rae is working on a ‘Set It Off’ remake

Issa Rae
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Variety reported that Rae was in the stage of early development of producing a Set It Off remake with Montrel McKay. She reportedly planned to star in the project. Syreeta Singleton, who wrote for Black Monday, and Nina Gloster, who wrote for Star, were hired to write the script.

The original movie was released in 1996 starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica Fox and Kimberly Elise. It showed four women robbing a bank together.

Fans of the original movie didn’t hold back when giving their reactions to the news. One person tweeted, “There is nobody in Set It Off who Issa has enough swagger to portray. Her current projects are great, but this ain’t it.”

Another person tweeted, “New Set It Off gonna have Issa doing daydreaming scenes of robbing a bank while awkwardly rapping Gimme The Loot by Biggie and buddy I want no parts.”

There are more people who spoke out against the possible remake. That included Fox who played Frankie. A character who actually worked in a bank in the movie before going in on the plan to rob one.

Vivica A. Fox said a remake is ‘unnecessary’

Fox talked about the rumor that there was a Set It Off remake in the works. She agreed with fans that the original shouldn’t be remade.

She was asked for her reaction to the news on Entertainment Tonight Live. At first she simply stared at the camera.

“It’s a classic, leave it alone. There’s no reason to redo it. It’s been done,” the actress said. “And we did it so well that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that that’s her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left.”

Fox advised Rae to create her own franchise instead. “If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks create your own thing. You can make it up to date,” she said.

Pinkett Smith also wasn’t supportive of a remake. She said according to Oprah magazine that she would be open to “an extension of it.” However, when it comes to a remake she said “It’s a classic, it’s done.”

She denied that she would remake the movie

The producer addressed the rumor that made many fans angry. She denied that she would work on a remake of the movie.

“Oh, I would never remake a classic,” Rae told Entertainment Tonight. “I don’t know where that came from.”

The news might be disappointing to fans who were hoping for a remake. It looks like Rae is keeping busy with other projects instead.