Today’s modern television culture has opened the floodgates for all sorts of creatives. In the past, TV was a medium that was oftentimes creatively constricting, and as such, many auteurs stuck to film, where their visions could flourish. The past decade has seen a definite shift away from episodic storytelling to more serialized content — content that could exist in an ongoing format or as a limited series.
This has attracted a good number of filmmakers and actors to the medium, who see unique opportunities. The latest filmmaker to make the jump from film to TV is Spike Lee, the director of such films as Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, Bamboozled, and He Got Game. Now, according to Deadline, Netflix has just ordered a series from Spike Lee. The project: 10-episode re-imagining of Lee’s 1986 breakout film She’s Gotta Have It.
Here's what the outlet said bout the original film:
“She’s Gotta Have It centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her Friends, her Job and her Three Lovers: The Cultured Model, Greer Childs, The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon.”
Not only will Spike Lee be directly involved in the film, but he is set to direct every episode of the series
Here’s what Lee had to say about the original film and its transition to Netflix:
“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.”
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