By Roy Geer
The reboots are coming, the reboots are coming! Some are more warranted than others while some would argue “There’s a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one” See Cary Elwes perfect response to the Princess Bride remake rumors!
Some we wouldn’t mind seeing a new spin on. Case in point;
New Jack City
The original movie, directed by Mario Van Peebles and written by Thomas Lee Wright, boasted a star cast that included Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Flavor Flav, Allen Payne, Judd Nelson and Peebles. Snipes played arrogant New York City drug lord Nino Brown during the 1980s crack epidemic. Ice-T portrayed Scotty Appleton, a detective who goes undercover in Nino’s gang, the Cash Money Brothers, to bring down the drug lord for taking the life of his mother. Rock was “Pookie” Benny Robinson, a former stick-up kid who becomes homeless and poor after Appleton shoots him in the ankle. Pookie becomes a crack addict and eventually a police informant and infiltrates the Cash Money Brothers. Spoiler alert…RIP Pookie.
The film helped launched Rock’s career, showed off Ice-T’s acting chops and even influenced the rap community (google Cash Money Records, named after Nino’s Cash Money Brothers gang, and the hit artists they’ve signed over the years).
We are getting word from multiple sources that Warner Bros is rebooting its 1991 classic and that multi-hyphenate Snowfall actor and filmmaker Malcolm M. Mays is writing!
Mays played Kevin Hamilton for two seasons on FX’s Snowfall. He also starred in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing movie Southpaw and the Cuba Gooding Jr.-Dennis Haysbert film Life of a King. On Friday, Mays can be seen starring opposite Anna Kendrick in IFC’s The Day Shall Come from See-Saw Films.
No word yet on whether any of the original cast will join the gang this time around. As we’ve been doing all day around the office, comment below on who you’d like to see take on these iconic roles; Donald Glover as Nino Brown, Mays as Gee Money, and Sterling K Brown as Appleton sounds pretty good to us but who could take on the Pookie role? Comment below and keep checking back for more on this developing story!