Recently, a story circulated in the rumor mill that hit-making filmmaker Tyler Perry was looking to do a remake of the urban romantic classic film 'Love Jones.'
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.
This wouldn't be the first time that Perry has taken on a project that he didn't originate. His last film, 'For Colored Girls,' was based on Ntozake Shange's 1975 play 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf.' The 'Madea Goes to Jail' star and director recieved a lot of criticism over his decision to adapt the material -- before production even started. Judging from some of the feedback on social networking platforms like Twitter and Facebook, there's some trepidation as whether he should tackled another well-loved production.
While the story has generated lots of interest and feedback among many groups, Blackvoices.com has learned through sources just how true is the rumor.
'Love Jones' original director and screenwriter, Ted Witcher, is writing the script.
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.
Meanwhile, on March 4, the New Orleans native will be in Los Angeles for the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, where his work in films and television generated several nominations. 'For Colored Girls' led the pack with seven nominations in the film category, followed by Perry's other film, 'Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?' with four nods. In the television section, 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' picked up five nominations in the comedy categories.
On March 31, he will receive the '2011 CinemaCon Visionary Award' at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. CinemaCon will be held March 28-31, 2011.
Perry's next film is 'Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family,' which stars Perry as Madea, Shad "Bow Wow" Moss, Loretta Devine, Cassi Davis, Lauren London, David Mann, Tamela Brown Mann, Isaiah Mustafa, Rodney Perry, Shannon Kane, Natalie Desselle Reid and Teyana Taylor.
Lionsgate will release the film on April 22.