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Fans hate the idea of a ‘New Jack City’ movie reboot

Writer and actor Malcolm Mays (Photo: Instagram – @iammalcommays)

Warner Bros. touched off outrage when it announced that it is rebooting its 1991 classic gangster film New Jack City. The studio has tapped “Snowfall” actor and filmmaker Malcolm M. Mays to write the script, according to Shadow and Act. 


The original New Jack City featured a plethora of rising filmmakers and actors of that generation, including director Mario Van Peebles, who went on to make and star in the films Posse and Panther, and writer Thomas Lee Wright. It starred Wesley Snipes in his most famous role as drug lord Nino Brown and featured the likes of Ice-T, Chris Rock as “Pookie,” Flavor Flav, Allen Payne (of “House of Payne” fame), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club) and Peebles.

The original New Jack City was made for a paltry $8 million but hauled in an impressive $50 million at the box office and, more importantly, became an instant classic among urbanites.

This represents the second of Snipes’ film classics to get rebooted. Snipes announced he has no problem with filmmakers rebooting the comic book classic Blade from the late 1990s.

Fans of the classic film are against the excavation of the movie for a variety of reasons, mostly because it is impossible to recreate the crack epidemic of the 1980s.