A poster and DVD cover of “Set It Off Again,” an alleged sequel to the 1996 F. Gary Gray-directed film, has been circulating around the net this week and exciting fans.
Featuring original cast member Jada Pinkett-Smith, the poster seems to reveal that actresses Zoe Saldana, Taraji P. Henson, and Teyana Taylor would be starring in the follow-up, but I’m sorry to report this poster is not real.
It’s actually a design mock-up by a graphic artist, who goes by the name Unik Visionz GFX and just wanted to showcase his abilities.
Whoever spread this should probably keep a few things in mind: there would likely be an official press release on the casting and distribution type first and the poster will more than likely never be released next to a DVD cover and against a wooden display background (commonly used by designers to show work).
As for whether a sequel is at all in the works, NY Times‘ movie database does show that Queen Latifah, who starred in the original, was set to produce Set It Off 2 (or Set it Off II) at some point, though there is no way to tell when the information was last updated.
When BlackFilm.com talked with Gray in 2011, he revealed that the studio, New Line Cinema, was excited to begin working on a sequel after the film’s reception, but Jada refused.
The 90s action-crime-thriller, which also starred Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise, and Blair Underwood, made $11,807,451 in its opening weekend (November 10, 1996). It has grossed $41,590,886 worldwide. Enjoy the blast from the past below.