Spike Lee will once again be back in his movie-making bag for Netflix, this time partnering up with See You Yesterday director Stefon Bristol for a second time.
Deadline reports that the two filmmakers, who both have projects currently featured on the streaming platform, will be working together again to bring Hank Woon’s original screenplay Gordon Hemingway & The Realm of Cthulhu to life. (They previously collaborated on See You Yesterday, which saw Bristol in the director’s chair and Lee as producer.)
Gordon Hemingway takes place “in East Africa in 1928 and centers on Gordon Hemingway, a roguish Black American gunslinger, who teams up with the elite warrior Princess Zenebe of Ethiopia to rescue the country’s kidnapped regent from an ancient evil.” Bristol will direct the film with Lee set to produce alongside Lloyd Levin and Beatriz Levin. Goodbye Kansas will spearhead visual effects on the film, with Oliver Oftedal and Tom Olsson set to co-produce on behalf of their production arm, Infinite Entertainment.
Lee recently sat down for a conversation with Vanity Fair’s HWD, where he divulged (in true Spike Lee fashion) a myriad of thoughts on everything from his film Da 5 Bloods to the current state of our country. Speaking specifically to the continued yet bittersweet resonance of his early films many, he explained:
“I don’t take any glee or satisfaction that Black people are still getting killed. It was my hope by showing what happened to Radio Raheem that it would bring attention to it. But to be honest, that film, there were a lot of critics; there was a lot of stuff written that I was trying to cause a race riot, that I wanted Black people to start an uprising, which is not the case at all. But that stuff, I didn’t just make it up. Black people have been getting killed since even before we got to America. We’d been killed during the Middle Passage, or we died of disease, or we made the choice to end our lives—jump in the Atlantic Ocean rather than come to some unknown place. So this is not new.”
He added, “And we could focus on 1619 when the first slave ship came and landed in Jamestown, Virginia. But there were deaths before that ship even made it. So this is not something that’s new. What’s new is that we’re seeing it with people’s camera phones. Technology goes around the world with the press of a button.”