Spike Lee to Direct Terrorist Thriller 'Nagasaki Deadline' Next

June 28, 2010
Source: Deadline

Spike Lee

James Cameron is teaming up with Spike Lee? Deadline reports that Spike Lee is "closing a deal" to direct an action thriller for Alcon Entertainment called Nagasaki Deadline. You may remember hearing about this before, as we reported back in 2008 that Martin Campbell was attached to direct, but now that he's on Green Lantern, time for a new director. James Cameron is a producer on the project along with Jon Landau, Rae Sanchini, and Alcon partners Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Things are just coming together now, but this will be Spike Lee's next feature film following his WWII drama Miracle at St. Anna from 2008.

So what is the movie all about? Nagasaki Deadline is an action thriller that focuses on a troubled FBI agent and his desperate race to thwart two terrorist attacks planned to unfold on American soil. He goes beyond obvious suspects to focus on theories that the crime is tied to historical events, as he races against the clock. Sounds like The Sum of All Fears meets "24" meets National Treasure, but maybe it's better than that. The script was actually written years ago, but got dropped by Fox after 9/11 for obvious reasons, but Alcon has revived the project and is working on a script polish with David & Peter Griffiths now that Lee is on-board.

Spike Lee has been missing the mark with his last few feature films in recent years. I still think Inside Man is his best film in recent history, but I'll be curious to see what he does with this, since it's a bit more action heavy than I normally expect for Lee. We'll keep you updated on all the latest with this project - stay tuned!

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"I still think Inside Man is his best film in recent history..." Nah, it's 25th Hour.

Bash on Jun 28, 2010


I disagree Bash, it's definitely Inside Man. That movie had me guessing the whole time and it was the only caper in recent history that wasn't predictable. I think if you did exactly what they did you'd have a chance at realistically robbing a major bank. Not to mention the performances by Owen, Foster, Washington, and Dafoe were top notch. I LOVED the score by Terrence Blanchard as well.

peloquin on Jun 28, 2010


Inside man was one of the best films i had watched then and it STILL ranks as one of my all time faves. I havent heard of spike directing anything in a loooong tym. Hollywood has kinda been stale for me so i been watching alot of indie and festival films. Two people who i wud luv to see more of are Al Pacino (wen did he last do a film!) and vivi devereaux (saw him in a festival film. why its not on imdb i dont know) Im lookin foward to seeing what spike can do and hope he is still a gud director!

Stacy-Mae on Jun 28, 2010


Inside man was one of the best films I had watched then and it STILL ranks as one of my all time favorites. I haven't heard of spike directing anything in an extremely long time. Hollywood has kind of been stale for me so I've been watching a lot of indie and festival films. Two people who I would love to see more of are Al Pacino (when did he last do a film?), and Vivi Devereaux (I saw him in a festival film, and I'm not sure why it's not on imdb). I'm looking forward to seeing what spike can do and I hope he is still a good director! ...much better, I wonder how much time people save by typing "gud" vs "good" or "luv" vs "love". Maybe it adds another 20 minutes to your life or "sumthin".

Stacy-Peloquin on Jun 28, 2010


It's called SLANG. Ever hear of it?

Critical Eye on May 28, 2011


Hmmm... no doubt he will try and find some way to make white people look racist in some way.

DiR3cT on Jun 28, 2010


This will suck...Spike Lee is so overrated it's not even funny.

Geoff on Jun 29, 2010


Let's see how he manages to make this an analysis of race relations.

1-7 on Jul 5, 2010

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