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.
Amber Entertainment has joined de Passe-Jones as a producing partner on several film projects now in development. Created in 2009 by New Line Cinema veterans Ileen Maisel, Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming, alongside renowned documentary and television producer Lawrence Elman, Amber Entertainment is a new media entertainment company that is forging new models for bringing filmed entertainment to audiences worldwide. The company combines the acquisition of diverse intellectual property rights and their conversion into feature films, television, documentaries, interactive entertainment, publishing, direct-to-consumer platforms and consumer products.
The production team is in the process of seeking a writer, or writer/director, to bring to the project. de Passe-Jones and Amber will be jointly financing 50% of the development and production thought to be in the $25 million dollar range.
The original movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, “DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO” (Theme from Mahogany). Diana Ross performed the song at the Academy Awards. Her recording was a number one hit around the world.
Story centers on Tracy, a Chicago native struggling to make it as a high fashion designer while working a go nowhere job. She has a great guy in her life, Brian, a community activist, who does not see her career as relevant nor possible. She grabs the opportunity to go to Europe as a model, choosing career over love, in the hopes that being in the world of high fashion, will bring her closer to her dream. Tracy gets tangled in some tricky personal relationships and finally comes to the conclusion that “Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with.”
“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.