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Fans of Love & Basketball have been asking for a sequel for years, and now rumors are swirling that the beloved film could be returning to the stage as a musical a la Love Jones: The Musical.

So what does the film’s cast think of this idea?

HipHollywood sat down with Gabrielle Union and Omar Epps  — whose onscreen romance in Almost Christmas definitely had us reminiscing about their characters in Love & Basketball — and got their two cents on the rumors.

“Well, they certainly didn’t tell Shawnie Easton,” joked Union, referring to her infamous character in the film. “Although I did hear that they were turning it into a musical, on the heels of the Love Jones Musical.”

Epps, who played Q in the film, however, didn’t think the musical was a good idea. “Hmmm …. no,” he laughed.

Interestingly, the response has been lukewarm to Love Jones: The Musical (which doesn’t include any of the film’s original cast) so we kind of understand Epps’ sentiment.

As for the film returning to the big screen? He told E! News back in 2015, after the cast reunited for the 15th anniversary, that director/creator Gina Prince Bythewood was against the idea.

“Gina and I actually spoke about that and she has this you-don’t-touch-a-classic-thing, and I agree, but it’s tempting because it’s like, what would the story look like now? The best sequels are when they were in mind during the original; when you are searching for the sequel, that’s when it doesn’t really work.”

 

 

 

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50 Cent Talks Wage Gap: “I’m The Star Of The Movie … They Shouldn’t Get The Same Check!”

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Scheming, coniving, calculating … this group of guys will do whatever it takes to get the job done in the new action flick Den Of Thieves.

While Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Pablo Schreiber and O’Shea Jackson Jr. try to pull of an elaborate bank heist, it’s Gerard Butler that trys to stop them in their tracks. They may be at odds on the big screen but it was all bro love off screen … so much so that Fiddy so graciously showed them his sex tape!

All jokes aside, the camaraderie amongst these guys was evident, but it was the diversity amongst the all male cast that made Butler most proud. “This is the most diverse cast and everybody in the movie is fantastic and it’s just great,” the A-lister stated while beaming.

And in addition to the team being diverse, their paychecks were also substantially different … but Fiddy’s take on the wage gap is an interesting one. “I’m the star of the movie, so I have to be paid … those other guys shouldn’t get the same check,” Jackson revealed. But, of course, he said it with a smile.

Den Of Thieves hit theaters Friday, January 19th … get ready for a crazy ride with a twist ending! Oh, and here’s a look at some pics from Tuesday night’s premiere.

The Cast of DEN OF THIEVES attend the Los Angeles Premiere

The Cast of DEN OF THIEVES

Mo McRae attends the Los Angeles Premiere of DEN OF THIEVES

O’Shea Jackson Jr. attends the Los Angeles Premiere of DEN OF THIEVES

The Cast of DEN OF THIEVES

Sire Jackson and Curtis 50 Cent Jackson attend the Los Angeles Premiere of DEN OF THIEVES

Ice Cube, Kimberly Woodruff, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. attend the Los Angeles Premiere of DEN OF THIEVES.

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