Showtime’s Gotta Have It: Spike Lee is working on a new TV show

The New York director’s breakthrough film is being developed for television

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

Please, baby baby, please: If it's been a while since you've returned to Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It (1986)—and his instantly iconic motormouth Mars Blackmon—now would be a good time: Deadline is reporting that Lee is adapting his original screenplay for a Showtime series, to be built in half-hour segments. The new show will return to the original characters 28 years later, and will no doubt touch on Brooklyn's gentrification, a pet subject of the director.

Lee is also said to be attached to direct, and it's worth noting his long association with television, not just as a presence in classic commercials, but as a maker of valuable documentaries like When the Levees Broke and Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, both for HBO Films. We remain huge fans: In our authoritative list of the top 100 films set in New York City, Lee has an impressive three entries, Summer of Sam (No. 86), 25th Hour (No. 30) and Do the Right Thing (top ten—we won't ruin it). Have a look.

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