As if it weren’t clear already, we are officially in an age where not one single bit of entertainment you’ve loved will die. Seriously, just think about the number of remakes, reboots, or re-imaginings coming to some screen near you or already on one. The latest addition comes in the form of Spike Lee’s seminal 1986 film, She’s Gotta Have It. The 30-year-old gem that launched Lee’s career–and Marks Blackmon–is coming to Netflix, which may as well change it’s name to Nostalgia…flix.
Lee will direct all 10 episodes of the series for the streaming giant and released the following statement in celebration:
“SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT Has A Very Special Place In My Heart. We Shot This Film In 12 Days (2 Six Day Weeks) Way Back In The Back Back Of The Hot Summer Of 1985 For A Mere Total of $175,000. Funds That We Begged, Borrowed and Whatnot To Get That Money. This Is The 1st Official Spike Lee Feature Film Joint And Everything That We Have Been Blessed With In This Tough Business Of Film All Have Been Due To SGHI.
Now With The Passing (August 8th) Of The 30th Anniversary, It’s A Gift That Keeps On Giving. We Are Getting An Opportunity To Revisit These Memorable Characters Who Will Still Be Relevant And Avant Garde 3 Decades Later. With All That Said It Was My Wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, Producer In Her Own Right, Who Had The Vision To Take My Film From The Big Screen And Turn It Into An Episodic Series. It Had Not Occurred To Me At All. Tonya Saw It Plain As Day. I Didn’t.
We Are Hyped That NETFLIX Is Onboard With This Vision As Nola Darling, Mars Blackmon, Jamie Overstreet And Greer Childs DO DA DAMN THANG Now, Today In Da Republic Of Brooklyn, New York.”
Anytime you say “thang” in a press release, you’re excited. But when you put it after the words, “Do Da Damn,” then your excitement levels can’t even be measured.
For those wondering, the 10 half-hour episodes will seemingly be a remake of the movie as it will still focus on Nora Darling in her 20s dealing with the same cadre of men: Greer Childs, Jamie Overstreet, and the aforementioned Blackmon. As with most reboots/remakes/whatever buzzword Hollywood wants to call them, this could easily crash and burn. Or, it could be interesting if Lee simply takes the characters and places them in modern times. Dating has changed a lot in 30 years, along with the ways men and women relate to each other. There’s a lot to mine here if done properly as the legendary director could make statements on our culture today through characters he created 30 years ago.
Netflix can’t stop won’t stop with these tv adaptations of movies though. First Wet, Hot, American Summer, then Dear White People, and now this.Give me a Tango and Cash series since they’re seemingly handing these things out the way Oprah hands out cars.
No word on when you can watch the series but stay tuned for details.