The 1976 classic CAR WASH is about to get a new shine from Universal. Suzanne Coston of De Passe Jones Entertainment will produce the remake, with Suzanne de Passe executive producing. Sara Scott and Jay Polidoro will oversee for Universal.
The original film, also from Universal, was written by Joel Schumacher and directed by Michael Schultz. It follows the lives of the employees of a Los Angeles car wash over the course of a single day. Made during the height of funk and superfly soul, the movie was set up to be a musical, but ended up being structured using an episodic form. Even so, the movie produced the iconic title theme, “Car Wash,” written by Norman Whitfield and performed by Rose Royce. The song won Whitfield a Golden Globe and an award for Best Music at the Cannes Film Festival in 1977. To this day the song and the movie remain significant benchmarks in pop culture history.
Pryor played the memorable, greedy “Daddy Rich” with his all-female entourage (the ’70s supergroup The Pointer Sisters). The movie added more star power in the form of Bill Duke, Clarence Muse, Otis Day, Garrett Morris, Lorraine Gary and George Carlin.
Details on the story of the remake are being kept under wraps, with no word as to how closely it will resemble the original.
In 2001, The Wash starring Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg was released. The hip hop comedy followed two roommates who work at a car wash but try to hustle on the side in order to avoid being evicted. While not an official remake, there were elements of the film that served as an homage to the original.
de Passe heads de Passe Entertainment with her partner, Madison Jones. Before joining Jones in 2008, de Passe headed de Passe Entertainment, producing popular TV shows including Class Act, Smart Guy, Showtime at the Apollo and Sister, Sister. She has received multiple Emmy nominations and was the recipient of Essence‘s Hollywood Women of Power Visionary Award in 2008. In 1973, she earned an Academy Award nomination for co-writing Lady Sings the Blues, the Billie Holiday biopic starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams. She is currently working on The Vivianne Carter Story and is developing an untitled Martin Luther King, Jr. project with Steven Spielberg.
Coston has worked with de Passe on the aforementioned TV shows Smart Guy and Sister, Sister. She also served as exec producer on multiple productions of the NAACP awards and is currently working with de Passe on the TV movie, The Vivianne Carter Story.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer