Surprise! Or maybe not, and you expected that this would eventually happen; This is Hollywood in 2015 after all, where sequels, prequels, remakes, reimaginings, reboots, etc, etc, etc, rule the day. At this point, you should expect anything; whether it’s a reboot/remake of “Roots,” a big screen adaptation of “Good Times,” a comedic remake/reboot of “Shaft,” a reboot of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and so many others announced in the last year, everything is game.
Add this to the growing list…
20th Century Fox subsidiary Fox 2000 is plotting a sequel to “Soul Food,” the 1997 ensemble drama, which will be titled “More Soul Food,” with George Tillman Jr, who scripted and directed the first film, returning to co-write the sequel with Nathan Skulnik and produce via his State Street Pictures, along with Tracey Edmonds and Babyface Edmonds.
The original film, which is considered something of a black cinema classic today (also produced by Babyface Edmonds, Tracey Edmonds, and released by Fox 2000 Pictures) featured an ensemble cast that included Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long, Michael Beach, Mekhi Phifer, Jeffrey D. Sams, Irma P. Hall, Gina Ravera, and Brandon Hammond, and centered on the ups and downs of an extended family, held together by the matriarch as well as longstanding traditions, which begin to fade as serious problems take center stage, specifically a death.
According to THR, the sequel will follow the next generation of the family “in the age of cell phones and social media” as the once-close unit finds its members even more disconnected, struggling to learn the importance of family and tradition.
The original film, which was Tillman’s breakout studio film, and which was based on his own family, was made for just under $8 million and went on to gross over $43 million domestically.
It was well received by critics and audiences alike, earning an 80% rating via movie review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
The film also gave birth to a TV series that aired on Showtime for 5 seasons, becoming one of the longest running hour-long dramas with a predominantly black cast in the history of prime-time TV in the USA.