The 1997 film Loves Jones
is one of the most beloved films in the history of African-American cinema. The romantic drama was set in Chicago and followed the story of Nina Mosley (Nia Long
) and Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate
). The cult classic captured a generation of twenty-something African-Americans -- all wanting a romance like Nina and Darius.
In addition, Love Jones
helped launch the acting careers of Lisa Nicole Carson
, Isaiah Washington
and Bill Bellamy
In my interview with Nia Long for Good Hair
, which is in theaters today, she talks of a Love Jones
sequel -- one that would not include a Nia or Larenz...
I have to ask you about “Love Jones.” Are you surprised how people are obsessed with that movie even to this day?
Making the movie, it was just so close to what I know as being Black – Black love. It’s the closest that you were going to ever get in my opinion -- that film is timeless. For years, they’ve been saying, “Let’s do a sequel.” I heard that it’s possible there might be a sequel in the works that’s going straight to video with two other actors because I would never do that and Larenz [Tate] wouldn’t either. I think that’s going to be the biggest mistake they could ever make. It’s a cult classic and people love that movie. If you try to serve that up with different actors and a sequel straight to video, you’re going to piss a lot of people off.
I need Nina Mosley! [Laughs]
Right! It’s not even about my own ego, it’s just I do understand what it means to us. I do understand what people expect. Larenz and I made a pact, I haven’t talked to him in years, we would never do it unless it was done properly. There is no reason to touch something that was done so beautifully. Not even us as actors but just the story, the visuals, the dialogue and the music. It was rich with textures.
I think every Loves Jones
fan would co-sign with Nia. This supposed Love Jones
sequel sounds like it would just be a romance flick with the label "Love Jones" slapped on it. I don't think the fans would be interested. As Nia said -- there is no reason to touch something that is so beautiful.
However, I would like a proper DVD release with some bonus features like deleted scenes, cast interviews and audio commentary. The current DVD is bare bones!
Would you be interested in a Love Jones sequel with new actors?