Ice-T Seriously Doubts “New Jack City” Remake Will Live Up To Original

“New Jack City” served as Ice-T’s first major role in a film.

BYAron A.
Ice-T Seriously Doubts “New Jack City” Remake Will Live Up To Original

Ice-T revolutionized hip-hop in the course of his career. These days, he's more in the film and television industry than he is in music but he's still found success. He might be the OG of gangsta rap but he also starred in some of the most celebrated gangster films in cinematic history. New Jack City was the first role he landed in a movie and to this day, it remains a cult classic.

Last month, a New Jack City reboot was announced to the dismay of many fans of the originalSnowfall's Malcolm M. Mays is writing the film but even so, many are doubting the outcome of the remake. Ice-T recently spoke to HipHopDX about the possibility of the New Jack City remake. Long story short, he doesn't know how they'll be able to pull it off.

"Nobody contacted me or anything, so I very highly doubt that I’m involved in the new one. I don’t know if they’re going to be able to pull it off for a couple of reasons. One is Wesley’s performance. It’s going to be hard to match Nino Brown," he said before pondering on the direction of the film. " It was about the crack era during the crack era. All the music was current — from the New Jack Swing music and the stuff Teddy Riley was doing. It was based on an actual operation out of San Francisco Felix Mitchell had going, where people were getting high in a building and never leaving... So right now, you’re in a opioid epidemic, but I just don’t know how they could flip it."

In an era where classics are constantly being remade, Ice-T added that they typically don't come out good and pointed out to a recent film as an example. "I mean, they tried to remake Superfly and that sucked. I mean, it was a valid attempt, but you can’t make a movie that’s just a big music video," he concluded. 

In related news, Wesley Snipes also said he didn't want anything to do with the remake. So, there's that. 

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.