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Thread started 08/29/12 8:49am

scriptgirl

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They're remaking "Mahogany"

http://blogs.indiewire.co...ains-right

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This is news to me, even though it was apparently announced last fall; although a Google search revealed zero links to sites that picked up on the news - other than the site on which it originates.

So there I was researching for another post - specifically, in light of the Sparkle remake currently in theaters, I thought I'd take a look at a short list of other somewhat similar 1970s black cinema classics that could very well also be attractive enough to a studio as potential remake project.

On my list of films was 1975's Mahogany, the Berry Gordy-directed drama which starred a post-Lady Sings The Blues Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams.

Mahogany told the story of an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago, who puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world's top designers. However, her ambition leads her to Rome, spurring a choice between the man she loves or her newfound success.

In considering the possibility of a studio considering a Mahogany remake, I did some research - research that eventually led me to the website of de Passe-Jones Entertainment, the production company belonging to former Motown executive and now TV and film producer, Suzanne de Passe and Phillip Madison Jones.

On their website was a press release which stated the following:

Newly formed de Passe-Jones Entertainment principals Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones (Currently producing the Martin Luther King biopic with Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks) have obtained the rights to the Diana Ross Billy Dee Williams classic MAHOGANY, from the film’s director and rights holder Mr. Berry Gordy.

Naturally, I immediately dug through the S&A archives to see if this was something we'd covered already. But I found nothing. Then I performed a Google search to see if this was being reported anywhere else, and also found nothing.

The press release, which was much longer than what I have above, wasn't dated, so I had to do a bit more digging to eventually learn that it was announced in September of 2011 - almost a year ago.

It's odd that no one seems to have picked this up; even we apparently missed it. Or maybe de Passe-Jones Entertainment didn't shout the news from rooftops.

I then remembered that, just about a month later, after the Mahogany press release was posted on their website, it was announced that Suzanne de Passe signed a 3-year "first-look" deal with Universal Pictures, via her de Passe-Jones Entertainment production company; basically, Universal has the right of "first refusal" on projects de Passe Jones proposes to develop. And if Universal, after "first-looking" at the proposed project, isn't interested and decline to back it, then de Passe Jones can offer it up to another studio, or interested company.

Given the timing of both events (the announcement of the remake and the deal with Universal), I'd be willing to bet that the project is likely being housed at Universal Pictures right now.

The press release goes on to say:

The production team is in the process of seeking a writer, or writer/director, to bring to the project. de Passe-Jones and Amber [Entertainment] will be jointly financing 50% of the development and production thought to be in the $25 million dollar range.

At the tail end of the release were these quotes from involved parties:

We are excited to bring a remake of this classic film to a whole new audience and are grateful to Mr. Gordy for his trust” said Madison Jones. “There are so few female driven stories for African American actors and this is great material, with issues that are as relevant today as they were in the 70’s”, said Suzanne de Passe. “The heart of Mahogany is a story about making your dreams come true, and that is as relevant and urgent today as ever. And with platforms such Project Runway, BET, MTV, VH1 and the like, the capacity to deliver and expand the film’s audience has never been stronger”, said Ileen Maisel and Mark Ordesky [Amber Entertainment].

So here we are; it's not clear where exactly the project stands currently. A writer and/or director was being sought as of the press release last fall, but I couldn't find anything that suggests any attachments, both in front and behind the camera.

It's worth noting that in June of this year, Wendy Williams Productions and de Passe-Jones Entertainment partnered up to jointly develop and distribute original projects for both the big and small screens; the first project announced under that agreement was a TV movie/series based on Star Jones' novel Satan's Sisters.

The original Mahogany produced the hit theme song, Do You Know Where You’re Going To.

Written by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffin, the track was nominated for the Best Original Song Academy Award.

So, a Mahogany remake is definitely in the works; now we know. It's just a matter of where it currently stands, when we'll eventually see it, and, most curiously, who will star in it.

A few of actresses have expressed interest in playing the lead role over the years, if a remake were to ever come to pass (this was even before de Passe-Jones announced its plans for a remake).

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Reply #1 posted 08/29/12 8:52am

SoulAlive

here we go again.....another pointless movie remake disbelief nuts Hollywood ran out of fresh ideas.I guess a 'Grease' remake is on the way,too?

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Reply #2 posted 08/29/12 9:02am

rdhull

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Do the producers-studio know where they're going to?

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Reply #3 posted 08/29/12 9:05am

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Reply #4 posted 08/29/12 9:26am

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Its easier for studio's to rehash copywright material they already own than creating new stories. confused

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Reply #5 posted 08/29/12 9:37am

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Co-sign with Purplethunder3121 and Lazycrockett. johnwoo uzi shoot2 missile these remakes!!!

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Reply #6 posted 08/29/12 9:43am

Empress

Of course they are rolleyes

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Reply #7 posted 08/29/12 9:46am

Graycap23

zzz

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Reply #8 posted 08/29/12 9:53am

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I've noticed people don't complain when Hollywood remake foreign movies. Even TV shows that are considered classic today like Three's Company & Sanford and Son came from other countries. People don't say anything about the endless Shakespeare movies either. Is Mahogany itself really anything original? lol I'm pretty sure any plot that can be thought of has been done already. When has Hollywood been any different? When a movie became popular, a bunch of sequels were made, like Sherlock Holmes, Ma & Pa Kettle, Blondie, Charlie Chan, Frankenstein, Dracula, Godzilla (from Japan), Wong Fei Hung (from Hong Kong), etc. Or there were a lot of similar movies afterwards: singing cowboys, westerns, gangsters, monsters, musicals, spaghetti westerns, Dirty Harry style cop movies, blaxploitation, horror, 80's teen comedies.

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Reply #9 posted 08/29/12 9:57am

Graycap23

MickyDolenz said:

I've noticed people don't complain when Hollywood remake foreign movies.

Most times I'll bet the general public doesn't know it is a foreign flick.

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Reply #10 posted 08/29/12 9:57am

Empress

I think what we mean is there are no original ideas anymore. People are lazy and just use what's already been done instead of using their own imaginations. At least that's the way I feel.

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Reply #11 posted 08/29/12 10:10am

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! What is up with these remakes? Is Hollyweird that desperate? Just goes to show that originality has flown out of the window.

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Reply #12 posted 08/29/12 10:17am

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scriptgirl said:

http://blogs.indiewire.co...ains-right

There are so few female driven stories for African American actors and this is great material, with issues that are as relevant today as they were in the 70’s”, said Suzanne de Passe. “The heart of Mahogany is a story about making your dreams come true, and that is as relevant and urgent today as ever. And with platforms such Project Runway, BET, MTV, VH1 and the like, the capacity to deliver and expand the film’s audience has never been stronger”, said Ileen Maisel and Mark Ordesky [Amber Entertainment].

blahblah Why waste their breath when all they are going to do is give the lead role to Beyonce anyway. bored2

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Reply #13 posted 08/29/12 10:22am

RockAbilly

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sounds like a job for Beyonce and the House of Dereon

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Reply #14 posted 08/29/12 11:02am

MickyDolenz

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Graycap23 said:

MickyDolenz said:

I've noticed people don't complain when Hollywood remake foreign movies.

Most times I'll bet the general public doesn't know it is a foreign flick.

It's still a remake, though. What is original? Many movies are based on books, old stories, or history, so the movie studios didn't make up the plots.

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #15 posted 08/29/12 11:04am

Graycap23

MickyDolenz said:

Graycap23 said:

Most times I'll bet the general public doesn't know it is a foreign flick.

It's still a remake, though. What is original? Many movies are based on books, old stories, or history, so the movie studios didn't make up the plots.

No argument here. I have several original treatments but I've been 2 busy and 2 lazy 2 do anything with them.

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Reply #16 posted 08/29/12 11:40am

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Graycap23 said:

MickyDolenz said:

It's still a remake, though. What is original? Many movies are based on books, old stories, or history, so the movie studios didn't make up the plots.

No argument here. I have several original treatments but I've been 2 busy and 2 lazy 2 do anything with them.

It's not like Mahogany was anything unique. It's basically a soap opera. You can watch Erica Kane and see the same thing. razz

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #17 posted 08/29/12 12:46pm

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Hell, I guess the dumbasses will be trying remake "Purple Rain" next.

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Reply #18 posted 08/29/12 12:51pm

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MickyDolenz said:

I've noticed people don't complain when Hollywood remake foreign movies. Even TV shows that are considered classic today like Three's Company & Sanford and Son came from other countries. People don't say anything about the endless Shakespeare movies either. Is Mahogany itself really anything original? lol I'm pretty sure any plot that can be thought of has been done already. When has Hollywood been any different? When a movie became popular, a bunch of sequels were made, like Sherlock Holmes, Ma & Pa Kettle, Blondie, Charlie Chan, Frankenstein, Dracula, Godzilla (from Japan), Wong Fei Hung (from Hong Kong), etc. Or there were a lot of similar movies afterwards: singing cowboys, westerns, gangsters, monsters, musicals, spaghetti westerns, Dirty Harry style cop movies, blaxploitation, horror, 80's teen comedies.

Well hell, of course nobody gives a damn if you remake something they've never seen or heard of. But to take something that was extremely popular and try to remake and get that same popularity twice is rediculous.

Andy is a four letter word.
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Reply #19 posted 08/29/12 12:56pm

SoulAlive

vainandy said:

Hell, I guess the dumbasses will be trying remake "Purple Rain" next.

lol starring Drake

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Reply #20 posted 08/29/12 12:58pm

SoulAlive

RockAbilly said:

sounds like a job for Beyonce and the House of Dereon

she's the first person that I thought of,when I clicked on this thread lol She's already planning to remake A Star Is Born but I bet she'd be interested in this film,too.

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Reply #21 posted 08/29/12 1:01pm

SoulAlive

Empress said:

I think what we mean is there are no original ideas anymore. People are lazy and just use what's already been done instead of using their own imaginations. At least that's the way I feel.

Hollywood has become so lazy.

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Reply #22 posted 08/29/12 1:06pm

Ottensen

SoulAlive said:

vainandy said:

Hell, I guess the dumbasses will be trying remake "Purple Rain" next.

lol starring Drake

I think all of our co-horts who are part of generation X can pretty much just take all of this as a sign that the Apocalypse is near falloff

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Reply #23 posted 08/29/12 1:14pm

SoulAlive

Ottensen said:

SoulAlive said:

lol starring Drake

I think all of our co-horts who are part of generation X can pretty much just take all of this as a sign that the Apocalypse is near falloff

lol lol I would bet money that some Hollywood producer has already come up with this idea!

Hey,let's remake Purple Rain with Drake as the lead character disbelief lol

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Reply #24 posted 08/29/12 1:15pm

AsherFierce

SoulAlive said:

vainandy said:

Hell, I guess the dumbasses will be trying remake "Purple Rain" next.

lol starring Drake

With Nicki Minaj as Apollonia. excited

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Reply #25 posted 08/29/12 1:19pm

SoulAlive

AsherFierce said:

SoulAlive said:

lol starring Drake

With Nicki Minaj as Apollonia. excited

lol eek

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Reply #26 posted 08/29/12 1:20pm

SoulAlive

imagine Drake recording an auto-tuned,hip hop version of "When Doves Cry" for the movie!

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Reply #27 posted 08/29/12 1:26pm

morningsong

sigh

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Reply #28 posted 08/29/12 1:26pm

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vainandy said:

Well hell, of course nobody gives a damn if you remake something they've never seen or heard of. But to take something that was extremely popular and try to remake and get that same popularity twice is rediculous.

How about movies about Jesus Christ or Ebenezer Scrooge? They continue to be made, and there's hundreds of those. Scrooge has been used as a plot for many TV shows as well, and there's Jesus cartoons. If no one was interested, they wouldn't get made, as they wouldn't make any money.. The average action and martial arts movies is about someone getting revenge because another party killed their brother, teacher, partner on the police force, family, girlfriend, dog, etc. Hollywood was making Batman movies/serials in the 1940's and they're still getting made.

For 65 years straight, the #1 genre in music, selling wise, was rock n' roll worldwide. Last year (2017) in June, it got de-crowned by hip hop. Hip hop is the #1 genre. It's hip hop - rock - country - pop or pop - country. ~ Pras
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Reply #29 posted 08/29/12 1:54pm

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Here's what bothers ME:

Prince died of an overdose of the drug Fentanyl. Of which, it is very highly fucking likely that he never even knew he'd taken.
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