Vivica A. Fox Is Not Happy About Issa Rae's Set It Off Remake, Says To 'Leave It Alone'
It’s no secret that the current trend in Hollywood is remakes and reboots of classic movies and TV shows. From Charlie’s Angels to Child’s Play , sometimes it seems like every project is a new twist on an old favorite instead of something original, but there are some things that should be off limits. And, Vivica A. Fox believes the 1996 bank heist movie Set It Off - which she starred in with Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise - is a film that should be left alone.
While speaking with Entertainment Tonight , Fox said that the Insecure star’s remake of the story isn’t necessary because the original film is a classic, and she should just “leave it alone.”
“There’s absolutely no reason to try to redo it,” said Fox. “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 [alone].”
Fox then suggested that Rae create her own franchise if she wants to make movies about women robbing banks. She said that Rae could write an up-to-date story because Set It Off is from 1996, and we are heading into 2020. Fox added that Rae is setting herself up to have her movie compared to the original, and that isn’t good because “they’re going to slay her for it.”
Back in September - before Rae was part of the project and the remake was just a rumor - Jada Pinkett Smith also voiced her opinion, and she said that if they decide to do an extension of it in some way or recast it, that she thinks the movie is “something you leave alone” because it’s a classic and it’s been done.
Fox says she doesn’t have a problem with remakes and reboots in general if they tell the next chapter of the story and move it forward. But, when someone tries to recreate a movie or TV show that’s already been done and the magic has already been captured, then it’s just a recipe for failure.
For example, Fox says everyone has been asking for years for a sequel to the 1997 hit movie Soul Food , and she is completely on board with that idea so fans can see what those characters are up to twenty years later. Fox then looked at the camera and told Soul Food producer Tracey Edmonds: “Tracey, can we please do the sequel?”
Vivica A. Fox stars in the new holiday film Christmas Matchmakers which airs December 8th on Ion. And, fans can also see her in the final season of Empire , with new episode airing Tuesday nights on Fox.