Spike Lee & Netflix Team Up for New Series
Spike Lee fans rejoice. The Brooklyn director who brought the world classics like Do the Right Thing, School Daze, and Mo’ Betta Blues is creating a new series for streaming giant Netflix.
Based on She’s Gotta Have It, Netflix ordered 10 episodes of a series that’s inspired by Lee’s groundbreaking 1986 film. Lee will direct all of the episodes, and will co-produce the project with his wife Tonya Lewis Lee.
Lee issued a statement about the upcoming production, explaining he’s “hyped” to revisit the story.
“SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT Has A Very Special Place In My Heart. We Shot This FilmIn 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.
Shot in black and white, She’s Gotta Have It followed Nola Darling, a beautiful, sexually-free woman living in Brooklyn. Though Nola’s partners try to get her to settle down, she refuses to compromise.
Lee financed the film with credit cards and loans from his family members, but it signaled to the world he was a filmmaker to watch.