Following the record-breaking success of the politically-charged Get Out, director and writer Jordan Peele is set to join creative forces with the legendary Spike Lee. As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the two entertainment powerhouses are planning on crafting a new thriller known as Black Klansman.
Based on the real life story — which was the subject of the 2014 book of the same name — of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer who worked with the department of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Stallworth first answered a 1978 newspaper ad scouting out prospective Ku Klux Klan members. With his mind set on infiltrating the white supremacist terrorist organization and movement, the Colorado Springs officer gained official Klan membership and climbed the ranks all the way to the top of his local chapter. Stallworth gained a treasure trove of intelligence as the leader of his local KKK chapter, and used it against them to sabotage multiple criminal acts.
Black Klansman will star Denzel Washington’s son John David Washington, who will take on the role of Ron Stallworth. Spike Lee will serve as the movie’s director and primary producer, while Peele will aid in its production; Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, Raymond Mansfield and Jason Blum — all of whom worked together on Get Out — have all been enlisted to help the movie’s development. Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmont also helped Spike Lee turn the original book into the final screenplay used for Black Klansman.
Earlier this month, Spike Lee teamed up with New Era to produce a cap-centric collection.