Full disclosure: I love the film, Juice, and I hate Soulja Boy (ok, maybe not hate, but let’s just say I’m not his biggest fan). So when I read that the self-proclaimed pretty boy was slated to star in a remake of the classic urban tale, I was shocked…and a little upset.
In case you’ve never seen the original, let me fill you in. Released in 1992, Juice is an urban cult classic, starring Tupac, Omar Epps, Khalil Kain, and Jermaine Hopkins. It captured the vibe of the early ‘90s, complete with a banging score and soundtrack that included Eric B. and Rakim, Cypress Hill, and Queen Latifah. The film is a cautionary tale about four friends who make the horrible choice to rob a local bodega, which changes each of their lives forever.
Although they were young, Juice’s main actors turned in memorable performances. Even then the intensity of Omar Epps could be felt through just a glance, and Tupac made us believe he was crazy enough to do just about anything to get a rep.
Juice was the right movie at the right time and deserves to be left alone. But with Hollywood looking to make a quick buck instead of telling a great story, this remake isn’t all that surprising.
In an interview with Vibe, Soulja Boy discussed his upcoming starring role in a Juice remake.
VIBE: Can you tell us a little bit about the story line for Juice?
SB: Basically, it’s your boy… and I’m Bishop [Tupac’s character] in 2011, running around in the streets, man. You know how the movie goes, but we’re flipping it and shooting in Atlanta. I want to show these people my acting side and me being creative—always giving them something new; that’s all. I got same video director that shot “Crank That,” “Kiss Me Through The Phone,” “Turn My Swag On” —my most successful videos. The whole mixtape is the soundtrack for the movie.
So not only is he starring in the film, but he’s in charge of the soundtrack too? Please make it stop.
But what do you think Clutchettes and Gents? Should ‘Juice’ be remade? Can Soulja Boy carry such a role? Sound off!