Spike Lee Will Be Mookie Again in His New Project 'Red Hook Summer'
Over the past few years Spike Lee has been busy in the documentary arena with films like Kobe Doin' Work and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise, his follow-up to When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. However, the filmmaker hasn't taken on a narrative feature film since the 2008 war drama Miracle at St. Anna. However, this morning, Lee surprised everyone with an update on Twitter talking about the first day of shooting on a new Spike Lee joint today. At first, no one was sure what film he was talking about, but thankfully BlackFilm (via The Playlist and Shadow and Act) have unearthed some details on the project.
Lee's new film is called Red Hook Summer, and while we don't know too many details on the plot, the story will follow an adult from Atlanta who spends a summer in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York. Sounds like a project right up Lee's alley, but what makes this really interesting is the film will have the director putting on his acting hat again and playing his character Mookie from Do the Right Thing. Lee hasn't featured himself on camera in his own film since 1999's Summer of Sam, so this is certainly a big deal. It remains to be seen if this is some kind of prequel, sequel or spin-off from Do the Right Thing or if Lee will merely feature his signature character in a cameo of some sort. Either way, I'm just happy to get Lee behind the camera again, especially with a film taking him back to Brooklyn. Stay tuned as more details become available.
UPDATE: In addition to this news about Spike Lee's new project, a press release from Mandate Pictures has confirmed the previous reports that the filmmaker would be directing the gestating remake of Oldboy. The film tells the story of a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughter’s birthday. For fifteen years, he is held captive, and, upon his release, must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. The original film, released in 2003, directed by Chan-wook Park won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.