The very first Spike Lee joint is coming to the small screen.
Today, Netflix announced that it has ordered a ten-episode series based on Spike Lee’s very first film, 1986’s She’s Gotta Have It. According to Netflix, the series will be a contemporary update of the indie classic, which introduced the world to Lee’s now iconic b-boy sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon. And best of all? Spike himself will be onboard to direct the entire series while also serving as executive producer alongside his wife and production partner, Tonya Lewis Lee. Said Spike of the venture:
SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT Has A Very Special Place In My Heart. We Shot This Film In 12 Days (2 Six Day Weeks) Way Back In The Back Back Of The Hot Summer Of 1985 For A Mere Total of $175,000. Funds That We Begged, Borrowed and Whatnot To Get That Money. This Is The 1st Official Spike Lee Feature Film Joint And Everything That We Have Been Blessed With In This Tough Business Of Film All Have Been Due To SGHI. Now With The Passing (August 8th) Of The 30th Anniversary, It’s A Gift That Keeps On Giving. We Are Getting An Opportunity To Revisit These Memorable Characters Who Will Still Be Relevant And Avant Garde 3 Decades Later. With All That Said It Was My Wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, Producer In Her Own Right,Who Had The Vision To Take My Film From The Big Screen And Turn It Into An Episodic Series. It Had Not Occurred To Me At All. Tonya Saw It Plain As Day. I Didn’t. We Are Hyped That NETFLIX Is Onboard With This Vision As Nola Darling, Mars Blackmon, Jamie Overstreet And Greer Childs DO DA DAMN THANG Now, Today In Da Republic Of Brooklyn, New York.
While She’s Gotta Have It will be Lee’s first venture into television, it isn’t his first rodeo with a streaming platform: last year, Lee teamed up with Amazon Studios for Chi-Raq, bringing the film to Amazon Instant Video following a limited theatrical release.
A timetable for the series’ debut is currently unknown, but Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It will likely premiere sometime in 2017.
- Chicago Tribune
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