The More Things Change
Well this is exciting. News just came down the pike that Spike Lee will be revisiting his debut film, She’s Gotta Have It, as a 10-episode drama for streaming giant, Netflix. Furthermore, Lee himself will direct the series himself. For those unfamiliar, the film centers around Brooklyn girl, Nola as she lives the single life and dates three vastly different men, in order to have it.
There’s a lot to unpack about She’s Gotta Have It not only being revisited by the original filmmaker, but to do so as a series, and on a streaming service. That’s just the behind the scenes of it. Which Lee discusses in his official statement:
“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.”
Details are slim thus far, but i’m very intrigued by the notion of an updated version of She’s Gotta Have It. Primarily, because of how much that story still resonates in 2016. Intersections of promiscuity, respectability and sexual identity are still very much topics today. Then there is the inescapable fact that the version of Brooklyn that is very much the fifth character largely doesn’t exist, at least not the way it did in 1986, while the human characters can mostly go unchanged. I would so love to see an unironic version of Mars Blackmon wearing very much the same clothes as he did then. Please, baby, please make it happen. Once more details pop up, i’ll be sure to let y’all know.