Oscar-winning director Spike Lee has signed a multi-year movie deal with Netflix after success with other collaborative projects.
Spike Lee is one of the most acclaimed directors working in the industry and is known for exploring themes of poverty, crime, and race relations among many other things. His breakout film “Do the Right Thing”, which explores a Brooklyn neighbourhood’s simmering racial tension between its African-American residents and the Italian-American owners of a local pizzeria, is widely considered to be one of the most important movies ever made.
His most recent film, which was also a Netflix collaboration, “Da 5 Bloods”, follows a group of four aging Vietnam War veterans who return to the country in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader, as well as the treasure they buried while serving there. It was released to widespread critical and commercial praise, claiming the top spot for most streamed film in its first weekend.
“There is no better way for me and my company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, to begin the new year than to renew our partnership with Ted, Scott, And Tendo — the fearless leaders of Netflix,” said Lee in a statement.
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Spike Lee has been working with Netflix as a producer on several projects as of late, but we do already know about 2 of his upcoming Netflix originals he will be directing, an untitled musical about the origin of Viagra (Weird, but we’re intrigued) and a hip-hop-inspired retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
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