Filmmaker Spike Lee stopped by Aol headquarters this week to drop some knowledge and discuss his upcoming projects.

Here’s some highlights:

Spike says he’s working on getting a Do The Right Thing but made it clear that the production definitely won’t be a musical adding, “It’s not going to be a musical. No Singing” With the enthusiasm that Holler If Ya Hear Me is getting, a Spike Lee Joint on broadway is the next logical step as hip-hop culture permeates on to Broadway.

Spike also talked about rebooting a few classics. He has the script written for School Dayz 2, set at Mission College. Earlier this year he spoke to Black&SexyTV about the project:

     “I had the script for ‘School Daze,’” said Lee. “But, what people have to understand is that it’s a contemporary version. So it’s the same school, Mission College, 25 years later,” explains Lee. “Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president now of the school. And we would deal with issues around Historically Black Colleges today.”

 

Spike said the movie will delve into many of the same issues that students faced in the late ‘80s, while taking on new subjects such as the pledging process and homophobia at historically black colleges.

Later that night, Spike hit the Heat vs Nets game and linked up with Ray & Denzel. Peep the Lincoln Jersey, did he finally get Denzel on board?

He’s locked and loaded for a He Got Game 2, he has everyone on board to get production started but he just needs Denzel to hop on board to get production started. “If Denzel wants to do it, then we’ll get it made”  

Gentrification

Spike also gave spoke more about his stance on the rapid gentrification of NYC’s neighborhoods. He expanded on the “Christopher Columbus Syndrome” statement he made back in February.

It shouldn’t have to take a change in the complexion of a neighborhood for you to get service that everyone else gets…  If you have to be a millionaire to live in new york, its not going to be New York because artists couldn’t live here.

“Now that Fort Greene is gentrified, now all of a sudden the public schools are getting better, all of a sudden, the garbage is getting picked and the police are around. Why do we have to have gentrification in a neighborhood for to be brought up to standard?” said Lee. Adding,”It shouldn’t have to take a change in the complexion of a neighborhood for you to get service that everyone else gets.”

People can hardly afford to live in New York City. If you have to be a millionaire to live in new york, its not going to be New York because artists couldn’t live here. You used to be able to live here at a cheap place to live and work on your craft but if you can’t live here, what are you going to do? We need more affordable housing for everybody.”

 Wise words from a creative visionary. We’ll keep you posted on his upcoming sequels and Do The Right Thing on Broadway as details emerge.

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