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Back in 1996, director Larry Cohen teamed up with Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, Ron O’Neal, Paul Winfield, and the late Isabel Sanford for the action flick “Original Gangstas.” It was kind of “The Expendables” of its day, bringing together a slew of action veterans for one incredibly bad-ass experience. I love the flick, and I freely recommend it to anyone with a passing interest in the blaxploitation genre.
Apparently Fred Williamson is extremely eager to write, direct, and star in a sequel entitled “Original Gangstas 2: Old School Gangstas.” The guy is hoping to generate $1.2 million to fund the project on Kickstarter, though it looks like the gang is off to a slow start as of this writing. That’s where you and your wallet come in, my friend. Assuming, of course, that you have plenty of money to spare. Unfortunately, I don’t have a dime. Sorry, folks!
Trying to fund this sort of motion picture through the Hollywood system is a little difficult these days. While I’d think that a smaller production company would jump all over a project like this, apparently Williamson and crew are forced to raise money through crowdfunding. I sincerely hope they get the cash they need. I’d love to see this flick.
Here’s what they wrote on Kickstarter:
OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS is the exciting sequel to 1996’s ORIGINAL GANGSTAS, which re-united Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Jim Brown, Pam Grier, and Richard Roundtree. Now, they’re back! Forget THE EXPENDABLES, the old school has returned to kick @$$ and take names! Fred Williamson’s Po’ Boy Productions and my company Bargain Bargain Basement Productions are teaming up to bring you OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS!
Written, directed by, and starring Fred Williamson, OLD SCHOOL GANGSTAS will not only bring back Brown, Grier, and Roundtree: they will be joined by Bernie Casey, Gloria Hendry, Antonio Fargas, and Robert Forster.
Swing by the official “Original Gangstas 2: Old School Gangstas” Kickstarter page if you have a few dollars to spare. If I were a billionaire, I’d fund this thing in a heartbeat. Damn it.