Vivica A. Fox is the latest star of the 1996 bank heist movie “Set It Off” to speak out against a remake, deeming Issa Rae’s upcoming take on the fan favorite unnecessary.
When asked on Entertainment Tonight about her thoughts on Rae’s re-imagining, Fox disproved of the idea. “Leave it alone, there’s absolutely no reason to try to re-do it,” she said. “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.”
The original Set It Off took in a hefty $41 million gross on a $9 million budget at the box office. In the film, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise star as four best friends who begin on a journey robbing banks successfully around the Los Angeles area.
Fox suggested Rae should create her own franchise with a similar theme, adding, “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.”
Jada Pinkett Smith also took issue with the idea of a remake before Rae was even attached to the project.