Would You Watch A Sequel To “School Daze”? According To Spike Lee, It’s In The Works
So I heard through the grapevine, aka, Shadow and Act, that aside from just raising money via Kickstarter for a movie that he’s keeping under wraps (though he did tell us that it’s going to have a lot of blood and a lot of sex), Spike Lee would like to make a sequel for his 1988 film, School Daze. If you’ll recall, the film centered around colorism and hair issues concerning activist students and Greeks at a Historically Black College. It’s one of my favorites because it touched on real issues at a time when no one else was opening up about them. And it didn’t hurt that the “Good and Bad Hair” dance number was amazing.
Fast forward to 2013, after Lee has had an Academy Award nomination (for Do The Right Thing) and a lot of controversy attached to his name since then, and it seems he wants to revisit School Daze and its story today. In an interview with Black&S*xy TV, he was asked if rumors were true that he was planning on bringing the story to life again, and he said that a script was already ready, with some old and new issues:
“I have the script for School Daze, but what people have to understand is that it’s a contemporary version, so it’s the same school, Mission College, but 25 years later. So, hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne, who played Dap, he would be the president of the school now. And we would deal with issues that surround Historically Black Colleges today. And some of it is the same from back in ’88 from the first one, but there’s a lot of new stuff. The pledging process, but also homophobia–that’s a big one and a big subject in this one. There’s still some class issues, still stuck with color and hair texture, but it’s what’s happening today.”
I’m just not a big fan of sequels from older films these days, but I can definitely say that I’d be interested to see what Spike would come up with. And would he bring Tisha Campbell-Martin back? Or Giancarlo Esposito? It remains to be seen if this sequel will ever even see the light of day, but now that you know Spike is interested in it, are you?