Love Jones II…?
I just got an email with a link to the BET blog (cheers Clifton!), specifically to a post about a possible Love Jones sequel.
Nia Long, who starred in the orignal alongside Larenz Tate, seems a little disparaging of the idea – not sure if it’s because she thinks it’s a piece that should be left well alone, or because she won’t be in it (and it doesn’t seem like she’s been asked).
Long had this to say on the matter:
Personally, a sequel that’s this far apart from the orginal (Love Jones came out in 1997) needs to have more than just the name of the first installment slapped on it.
Will it be a what happened next sequel or a catch-up sequel set in the present? Will the brand new cast be in their 20s or in their 30s? Who will lead the new cast? Personally, if it must be done, I’d love to see Long and Tate reprise their roles.
Perhaps it’ll be like Rumor Has It (2005), the Rob Reiner “sequel” to The Graduate (1967), which, or so it would seem from its preceding publicity, relied on reeling in lovers of the original but had very little to offer other than great offence and disappointment for anyone expecting to rekindle their feelings for Mike Nichols‘ expertly crafted Anne Bancroft/Dustin Hoffman/Katharine Ross lust/love triangle.
And speaking of directors, it would seem that Theodore Witcher has done very little since Love Jones (I’m surprised there hasn’t been a milk-carton alert for him on this site. Tambay, Sergio…?). So would Witcher be helming this sequel and, if so, would it just be a ploy to make some quick straight to DVD bucks by exploiting the fondness by most black film lovers for his erstwhile one-trick? Or will some other ill-advised director be taking it on?
I wasn’t aware at the time but, according to IMDb Pro, the original won the Audience Award at Sundance that year (it tied with a movie called Hurricane Streets. Oh yeah, I remember that…! Not).
Oh well, it will be interesting to see if this ever comes to see the light of day. If it does, I’ll probably re-watch the original and then take a gander at Love Jones II, although I wont’ raise my hopes too high.
Here’s a delicious but not too naughty reminder of the original.
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