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Issa Rae Remaking ‘Set It Off’ For New Line Cinemas

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Syreeta Singleton (‘Black Monday’) and Nina Gloster (‘Star’) have been hired to pen the script.

Issa Rae, the co-creator of HBO’s Insecure, is tackling a re-imagining of Set It Off, New Line’s crime thriller that starred Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah.

Rae will produce the new project with an eye to star. Producing with her will be Montrel McKay, her partner at Issa Rae Productions.

Syreeta Singleton (Black Monday) and Nina Gloster (Star) have been hired to pen the script.

The original movie told of four friends, fed up with by low-wage jobs and broken by institutional violence, desperately band to together for a series of bank robberies. After initial success, the spree ultimately leads to quartet to mostly tragic ends.

The movie, which also starred Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise, proved to a be surprise hit while also garnering rave reviews. The movie was the rare action thriller that featured not only female leads but women of color, and also took on work issues, something that resonated with audiences. It also helped trampoline several of the talent to another level, including director F. Gary Gray, whose previous movie was the comedy Friday.

Rae co-created of the HBO comedy Insecure, in which she acted as writer, executive producer and actress. Earlier this year, she starred in Little, Universal’s comedy with Regina Hall and Marsai Martin.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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