In a move that has everyone looking up from their computer screams and yelling, "WHAT?!", Spike Lee has just announced – via Twitter – that shooting was commencing today on his latest film. No, not his recently announced American remake of Oldboy… this movie is even weirder, even more unexpected. Frankly, we're just not sure that making a sequel to Do The Right Thing qualifies as "doing the right thing." But that's what he's doing.
Spike Lee will be reprising his role of "Mookie," the protagonist of Do The Right Thing, in his new film Red Hook Summer. Frankly, this production completely flew under the internet's radar, forcing both Collider and The Playlist to seek confirmation from Black Film, which had the exclusive on the phantom production:
"Details on the plot is limited (sic), but a close source has informed us that the story centers on a adult (sic) from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section (sic) of Brooklyn, NY.
The kicker to this story is that Lee will be reprising his role as Mookie, the character he played over 20 years ago in his most famous film, 1989's 'Do The Right Thing."
Do The Right Thing, which regular CRAVE Online readers will recall we recently named "One of the Great American Films," told the story of racial tensions coming to a head in a small New York neighborhood during a heat wave. Sequelizing this American classic, even tangentially, is playing with fire, but at least Lee's doing it himself.
In other breaking Spike Lee news, his remake of Oldboy has officially been announced via a press release. As previously reported, Mandate Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment/40 Acres & A Mule will produce from a script by Mark Protosevich. So we've got that going for us too.
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