Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It Coming To Netflix As A TV Series
As a fangirl of Spike Lee and most of his work (I have to press delete on Red Hook Summer and skip over whatever that crowd-sourced-not-called-a-remake-ish he made a few years ago, i.e. Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus), I was elated to hear about one of my favorite films heading to Netflix.
She’s Gotta Have It, Spike Lee’s first feature-length film, will premier on Netflix as a 10-episode series. This news comes just one month after the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. Surprisingly, Spike’s wife suggested the idea of turning the movie into a series and the couple ran with the idea, ending in a deal with Netflix.
The film is a significant and iconic contribution to American film with its simplistic yet intriguing cinematography, mapped with the intricacies of a woman’s sexuality that are not masked in stereotype. She’s Gotta Have It piloted Spike Lee’s career, and he later went on to create more stories depicting narratives of Black girls and women in Crooklyn, 4 Little Girls and Jungle Fever.
The audience can expect the series to take place in Brooklyn, but one might wonder how the show will depict the current changes of Brooklyn’s once culturally diverse landscape? In the film, Nola has a huge studio apartment and even notes to one of her male suitors its affordability as she works as a magazine designer. With the recent rising costs of housing in Brooklyn and changing class demographic, Spike will have to illustrate these historical changes somehow. Let’s hope this series is as great as the movie.