Spike Lee Brings Michael Jordan Out of Retirement
The basketball icon, Michael Jordan, is finally getting some motion-picture love worthy of his historical career by none other than long-time pal and filmmaker Spike Lee. There isn't much more depth to the news, save for the fact that the NBA is apparently financing the film, but I'm struggling to imagine what this project might look like. Lee is certainly no stranger to controversy - his latest HBO documentary, When the Levees Broke was just genius - and he certainly has a knack for compelling drama (Inside Man). I'm no basketball historian, but a Jordan documentary doesn't exactly fall into either category. Plus, with the NBA involved as is planned, you can probably bet this project to be a far more conservative "Spike Lee Joint." Maybe he's just giving Jordan a solid?
This news first came out at the Cannes Film Festival, where Lee is promoting his war-time film Miracle at St. Anna. Perhaps not in the same breath, the pointy one let loose some criticism of fellow directors Clint Eastwood and the Coen Brothers. Specifically, Lee cited the Coen's lack of respect for life in their movies, and Eastwood's lack of African Americans in his WWII-era films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. The minutia of his remarks isn't exactly unique or that interesting; it's what you'd expect and what most people enjoy about the guy.
So will any of that trademark flavor manifest itself in this Jordan documentary? I don't know enough of Jordan's life to say, but it seems unlikely.