Samuel L. Jackson, Kanye West & More May Join Spike Lee's 'Chiraq'
It's been awhile since writer and director Spike Lee had a film that wowed me. Though I'd call myself a fan of Lee's previous efforts such as Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, School Daze and The 25th Hour, his recent efforts just haven't measured up to his potential. In fact, I would say that the last great film Lee made was Inside Man back in 2006. But his next project sounds promising as The Wrap reports Amazon Studios has picked up Lee's next drama called Chiraq. And right now Lee is hoping to land Samuel L. Jackson, Common, Jeremy Piven and rapper Kanye West for the ensemble cast. So what's the new film about?
Well, the title refers to a nickname that his been given to the city of Chicago due to the level of corruption and gun violence that continues to rise in the Windy City. If that's still too subtle for you, it's a combination of Chicago and Iraq. No deals are in place for the cast yet, and the plot details are being kept under wraps, but it sounds like Jackson's role would merely be a cameo and not a pivotal role. Interestingly enough, both Piven and West are from Chicago, so this should be a significant homecoming for them, though likely with a message about the state of the city and how it's destroying itself in the streets. Stay tuned for more.