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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Lee on revisiting film idea for TV

Spike Lee is remaking She's Gotta Have It for the small screen

Spike Lee has said his wife persuaded him to adapt his film She's Gotta Have It for television.

"For years, my wife Tonya (Lewis) kept telling me, 'That would make a great TV show'," Spike said in an interview.

"Then I went to Showtime with the first initial meeting and we sold the idea. That's not something that happens every day."

Spike wants to adapt the movie into a half-hour comedy series. The original story focused on a woman's relationship with three men, exploring the issues of race, sexuality and gentrification in the neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York.

The 1986 film was a breakthrough project for Spike, and helped ignite the independent film movement.

He expects to take a contemporary look at the characters and plot for the adaptation. He's working on the pilot and feels confident about creating a strong script.

Showtime will decide whether the show gets picked up.

"I've always been confident in my ability, but it's not to be my decision alone," said the 57-year-old filmmaker. "All I can do is write the best pilot I can write. Hopefully, God willing, the people and powers-to-be at Showtime can say, 'We like it Spike, let's shoot the pilot'."

Spike has also finished the script and is seeking more financial backing for the sequel to his 1988 film School Daze, based on life at Atlanta's historically black colleges.

He said he wants to explore the current issues faced by black college students.

"Anytime I walk the streets, people say how much they like to see them (the colleges) again," he said. "It'll be very interesting to revisit Mission College 25 years later. It's different than what students were dealing with in 1988 when that film came out. The world has changed."

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