As I recall, even the Coen Brothers were considering remaking the film, as reported on this site in 2011, when the pair told the New York Times that they were itching to take it on, although, at the time, they said that it was just a “thought experiment,” with Ethan Coen saying that it would be “a kind of Gus van Sant shot-by-shot remake,” adding that it would “an exercise in pure style.””
Nothing ever came of that revelation, and maybe thankfully. Although I was actually intrigued by the idea, if only to help me forget the nonsense 2005 loose remake of the film with Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana and Bernie Mac starring. Then again, it’s not like the original was flawless.
The film has traveled well over the years, reaching audiences worldwide, and also seemingly inspiring filmmakers to make their own versions of it – 2 of which I share with you today, starting woth Nigerian-American filmmaker Fum-Fum KO, who emailed me with a trailer for their project, which is titled “Guess Who‘s Coming to Dinner: Naija Edition” – Naija as in Nigeria for the uninitiated.
The trailer for “Guess Who‘s Coming to Dinner: Naija Edition” is at the bottom of this post.
Second is also from a Nigerian transplant, but living in London, not the USA – writer/director Tony Sebastian Ukpo, whose film’s title isn’t as obvious: “Mum, Dad, Meet Sam.” It tells the London-set story of Josiah Abiola, who is at the peak of his career. The only thing left is to find the perfect girl to settle down with. He meets and falls in love with the “stunning, intelligent and perfect” Samantha Smith and decides to take her home to meet his family… home as in Nigeria. What is supposed to be a special occasion turns out to be their worst nightmare. Throw in a devious ex girlfriend, an over protective, over-dramatic mother, and the fact that Sam is, well, white and British, and you have a recipe for “an explosive and disastrous encounter ripe with awkwardness and hilarity.”
The film made its world premiere over the weekend actually, in London, at Genesis Cinema. The filmmaker will likely be submitting it to film festivals globally, so maybe it’ll reach USA audiences at some point.
In the meantime, here’s the trailer for “Mum, Dad, Meet Sam.” And underneath it, you’ll find the trailer for “Guess Who‘s Coming to Dinner: Naija Edition.”