According to AOL Black Voices, the rumors that Tyler Perry might remake the urban romantic classic film Love Jones are just that: rumors (for now, at least). BV on Movies reports:
An unconfirmed report stated that “a producer was interested in doing a remake of ‘Love Jones,’ and that he actually was in the process of negotiating the terms.” The site named Perry as that producer.
‘Love Jones‘ original director and screenwriter, Ted Witcher, is writing the script.
The 1997 film starred Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington, Bill Bellamy, and Lisa Nicole Carson.
Set in Chicago, Darius Lovehall (played by Tate) is a young black poet who starts dating Nina Moseley (played by Long), a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they’ve got a “love thing” or are just “kicking it,” they hang out with their friends, talking about love and sex. Then Nina tests the strength of Darius’ feelings and sets a chain of romantic complications into motion.
It’s not certain that any of the original cast would return or not and we were told that the project is set up at Warner Premiere and may go straight to DVD ala the sequel to ‘Stomp The Yard’ — a franchise pic using the same themes and topics. At this time, Perry nor his 34th Street Films shingle has any involvement with the project.
Love Jones is near and dear to the hearts of a generation of African Americans who were starved for relatable movies when it came out. And Tyler Perry’s work is, well, divisive. To put it mildly. Especially when he gets involved with a project to which people are already emotionally attached (see For Colored Girls controversy).
If he does turn out to be involved, brace for black cultural commentator civil war.
(Side note: How can it possibly be time for a remake of Love Jones already? I feel old.)