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Spike Lee to Direct Film Adaptation of David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ Broadway Show

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Academy Award Winner Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) has his next project lined up.

Hollywood Reporter have reported that Lee is set to direct a film adaptation of the Broadway show which opened back in the fall of last year. It’s been revealed that the adaptation will include live performances from the show.

Academy Award Winner David Byrne (“The Last Emperor”) performed the show with a group of other musicians, performing songs from his 2018 solo album American Utopia. Byrne is most famous for his role in the rock band Talking Heads, with material from their discography included in the stage show too.

Hollywood Reporter released the following statement from David Byrne:

“Pinch me. This couldn’t have worked out better for this project,” musician Byrne said in a statement. “Spike Lee directing and Participant producing — two socially engaged teams, well, three if you count us in the band, coming together in what I feel will be something moving, important, and unlike anything anyone has seen before.”

This project will be one of Lee’s first since finally winning his Oscar for “BlacKkKlansman” in the Adapted Screenplay category. Lee was also a recipient of an Honorary Oscar back in 2016 and had two nominations prior to this special award.

He is also directing the upcoming Vietnam war film “Da 5 Bloods” which has yet to announce a release date. The film will follow four African-American veterans returning to where they once battled in Vietnam in search for their former leader’s remains. The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, and Paul Walter Hauser.

It was already revealed last year that Spike Lee was taking over as director of “Prince of Cats” too, with Lee rewriting the script himself. Lakeith Stanfield was originally slated to be in this 1980’s-set reimagining of Romeo & Juliet, but is no longer attached to the project. It is unknown when this will begin production.

**Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly listed Giancarlo Esposito as a member of the cast for the upcoming film, “Da 5 Bloods.” Mr. Esposito does not appear in the film.

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Written by Bradley Weir

Recently graduated from the UK with a degree in film. Passionate about all things movies, especially the awards season!


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