Looks like Spike Lee is going to get that do-over he’s long wanted. While promoting the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing years ago, the 59-year-old director revealed to Deadline that his one regret as a filmmaker was including a rape scene in his directorial debut, She’s Gotta Have It.
“If I was able to have any do-overs, that would be it. It was just totally … stupid. I was immature. It made light of rape, and that’s the one thing I would take back. I was immature and I hate that I did not view rape as the vile act that it is. I can promise you, there will be nothing like that in ‘She’s Gotta Have It,’ the TV show [that will air on Showtime], that’s for sure.” – Lee told Deadline.
Netflix has granted Lee his wish. The streaming service has ordered a 10-episode contemporary remake of She’s Gotta Have It. Like the original, it’ll follow a twenty-something Brooklyn-based artist named Nola Darling trying to divide her time among her friends, career and three lovers. Lee will direct all episodes and serve as an EP alongside his producer-wife Tonya Lewis Lee. The project was originally being eyed at Showtime, but I guess talks fell through.
“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.” – Spike Lee statement
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