In 1986, Spike Lee broke onto the film scene with his cult classic, She’s Gotta Have It. The movie, starring Tommy Redmond Hicks, Tracy Camilla Johns and John Canada Terrell, depicts the exploration of sexuality and the double standards between women and men.
After 30 years of the classic film’s release, Entertainment Weekly reports that Lee plans to revive She’s Gotta Have It for a 10-episode Netflix miniseries. Lee will serve as its director and his wife, Tonya Lewis-Lee, will helm the executive producer position.
In a statement, the Brooklyn native shared his elation in the big news. “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,” he writes. “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.”
The famed filmmaker also gave praise to his wife who originally had the idea to revamp the movie for Netflix. “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,” he states. “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.”
A premiere date for the miniseries has yet to be announced, but in summation, Lee writes, “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.”