Spike Lee has perhaps been a little underappreciated in recent years; that is, until BlacKkKlansman. His depiction of the bravery and cunning of the heroic Ron Stallworth - who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan - has earned Lee and those who worked alongside him considerable Academy Awards attention. Many considered it a return to form for the filmmaker but many fail to pinpoint when exactly it was he fell from popularity. He has directed such great work as Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, 25th Hour, Summer of Sam and She's Gotta Have It. Yet, he also brought us the underrated Chi-Raq in 2015 and the excellent HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts in 2006.
He has more than proven his talents over the years and across numerous genres. Hopefully, BlacKkKlansman has given him the opportunity to embark on more projects and with some significant names; this does seem to be the case. Empire recently reported that Lee would be directing a new film - Da 5 Bloods - and that Chadwick Boseman had already signed up. According to the same source, "The story follows Vietnam veterans on a journey back into the jungle, looking to find their lost innocence." Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are also currently in the process to appear.
The star of Black Panther being involved will certainly help secure more general audiences. It definitely wouldn't be surprising to see Lee work with Adam Driver again, as the pair appeared very fond friends at the BAFTA ceremony rather recently.
It would also be great to see him work with John David Washington again, who after his turn in BlacKkKlansman is likely being swamped with screen opportunities. Although unlikely, how wonderful would it be to see Lee cast Edward Norton? Who he worked so well with on 25th Hour, delivering one of the more memorable characters across the director's body of work. Norton hasn't exactly been receiving consistent roles as of late, so this would be a great project to sign on for.
It's pretty early to say, but we're expecting some impressive names added to this ensemble, especially with Boseman attached. Spike Lee is firmly in the spotlight once again.
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