Spike Lee Adapting “She’s Gotta Have It” Into TV Series For Showtime

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I’m quite excited about this as both a Spike Lee fan, and a HUGE fan of She’s Gotta Have It, which is on my DVD shelf right now.

According to Deadline, Spike Lee has been given the green light to bring She’s Gotta Have It to Showtime as a half-hour series. Of course, Lee will be in the director’s chair, and he will also write the show. According to the report, the series will take a modern look at the characters of Nola Darling and her love interests. Deadline also says that the project “will explore Lee’s unique and provocative points of view about race, gender, sexuality, relationships, and the gentrification in Brooklyn.” 

Lee has been very outspoken about his disdain for all the gentrification going on in Brooklyn, saying this (as well as a lot of other thought-provoking things) during a talk at the Pratt Institute for Black History Month:

“I mean, they just move in the neighborhood. You just can’t come in the neighborhood. I’m for democracy and letting everybody live but you gotta have some respect. You can’t just come in when people have a culture that’s been laid down for generations and you come in and now sh*t gotta change because you’re here? Get the f**k outta here. Can’t do that!”

With that in mind, I’m excited to see how he’ll tackle this very real issue for TV. SGHI was released in 1986, and has had a big cultural impact. While it might not be as recognized and culturally significant as say, Lee’s Do The Right Thing, it still opened doors for young black filmmakers in the late ’80s and onward who were looking to discuss aspects of black life that aren’t generally documented. Plus, it was Lee’s first feature length film, and it was arguably ahead of its time.

And how can you not love a movie that introduced us to the character, Mars Blackmon (“Please, baby, please, baby, baby, baby please!”)?

Are you interested in checking out this adaptation for TV? Talk about it below.

 

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