The 1975 “Mahogany” Classic Black Film Remake Is In The Works
Suzanne de Passe, former Motown executive and super producer from tries to resurrect another classic: Mahogany.
The Sister, Sister producer and her company, De Passe-Jones Entertainment, is working on rebooting the Berry Gordy-directed film, which starred Diana Ross as a Chicago woman who pulls herself out of the slums and pursues a career in fashion. The project was announced nearly a year ago, IndieWire.com’s Shadow and Act blog reveals.
But de Passe and her partner, Phillip Madison Jones, who are currently producing an adaptation of Star Jones‘ novel Satan’s Sisters and a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with Steven Spielberg, may have an uphill battle before getting Mahogany to production. It took Whitney Houston and producer Debra Martin Chase nearly 15 years to get Sparkle greenlighted.
It was something phenomenal about Billy Dee Williams and Diana Ross‘ on camera chemistry. It will be hard to duplicate that magic again. Word is they are looking to cast a to old Janet Jackson as Tracey and Lenny Kravitz, who is not a talented enough to be a smooth Brian like Billy Dee. No one has changed clothes more than Diana did in the 1975 classic. Beyonce came close in Dreamgirls, but still feel short.