Issa Rae To Produce Re-Imagining Of 90s Classic ‘Set It Off’

The actress and director may even star in the film.

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Variety reports that “Insecure” star and co-creator Issa Rae is in early development on a re-imagining of New Line’s crime thriller “Set It Off”—the original starred Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica Fox, and Kimberly Elise.


Rae will not only produce but plans to also star in the project. Syreeta Singleton and Nina Gloster have been tapped to write the script while Montrel McKay (Issa Rae Productions) will co-produce alongside Rae.

The 1996 drama-thriller told the story of four close friends who pull off a series of successful bank robberies in Los Angeles, thanks to inside knowledge provided by Fox’s bank teller character.

The film was directed by F. Gary Gray and was a huge success grossing $41 million on a $9 million budget.  “Set It Off” helped launch the careers of all four lead actresses including Gray.

Rae starred in the Fox drama “The Hate U Give” as activist April Ofrah, who helps Amandla Stenberg’s character find her voice and speak up. She and Larry Wilmore created HBO’s “Insecure,” which follows the friendship of two women as they deal with their real-life flaws and a seemingly endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences.  And most recently in HBO’s sketch comedy “A Black Lady Sketch Show”.

Rae will star in a pair of romantic comedies out next year—Universal’s “The Photograph,” releasing on Feb. 14, and Paramount’s “The Lovebirds, ” due out on April 3.


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