Say it isn’t so! No one knows for sure if and when the movie will hit the screen, but for those that don’t know, Mahogany told the story of an aspiring designer from the slums of Chicago, who puts herself through fashion school in the hopes of becoming one of the world’s top designers. However, her ambition leads her to Rome, spurring a choice between the man she loves or her newfound success. Apparently the newly formed de Passe-Jones Entertainment principals Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones (Currently producing the Martin Luther King biopic with Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks) have obtained the rights to the Diana Ross Billy Dee Williams classic MAHOGANY, from the film’s director and rights holder Mr. Berry Gordy. They actually announced this September of last year, so I am surprised that no one caught wind. The production team is in the process of seeking a writer, or writer/director, to bring to the project. de Passe-Jones and Amber [Entertainment] will be jointly financing 50% of the development and production thought to be in the $25 million dollar range. “We are excited to bring a remake of this classic film to a whole new audience and are grateful to Mr. Gordy for his trust” said Madison Jones. “There are so few female driven stories for African American actors and this is great material, with issues that are as relevant today as they were in the 70’s”, said Suzanne de Passe. “The heart of Mahogany is a story about making your dreams come true, and that is as relevant and urgent today as ever. And with platforms such Project Runway, BET, MTV, VH1 and the like, the capacity to deliver and expand the film’s audience has never been stronger”, said Ileen Maisel and Mark Ordesky [Amber Entertainment]. So here we are; it’s not clear where exactly the project stands currently. A writer and/or director was being sought as of the press release last fall, but I couldn’t find anything that suggests any attachments, both in front and behind the camera. It’s worth noting that in June of this year, Wendy Williams Productions and de Passe-Jones Entertainment partnered up to jointly develop and distribute original projects for both the big and small screens; the first project announced under that agreement was a TV movie/series based on Star Jones’ novel Satan’s Sisters. The original Mahogany produced the hit theme song, Do You Know Where You’re Going To. Written by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffin, the track was nominated for the Best Original Song Academy Award. So, a Mahogany remake is definitely in the works; now we know. It’s just a matter of where it currently stands, when we’ll eventually see it, and, most curiously, who will star in it. If Beyonce wants to build her own legacy….I suggest she stay away from this movie and other remakes. I’m sayin this b/c im pretty sure she’s the 1st choice.