Netflix and Spike Lee have announced a new series which will be a 10-episode update of Lee’s iconic first feature production She’s Gotta Have It.
According to a press release,
The 10-episode series is a contemporary update of Spike Lee’s revolutionary debut independent film. She’s Gotta Have It centers on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her Friends, her Job and her Three Lovers: The Cultured Model, Greer Childs, The Protective Investment Banker, Jamie Overstreet and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead, Mars Blackmon.
Lee is directing the entire series and serves as creator and executive producer along with his producer wife Tonya Lewis Lee, who will also executive produce. She’s Gotta Have It is produced by Netflix.
Spike Lee commented: “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.”
Back in 2014, it was reported that the She’s Gotta Have It Series would be airing on Showtime. Little was known about the project back then. It seems as if Lee ended up striking a deal with Netflix instead.
Considered groundbreaking for it’s time, She’s Gotta Have It has also been the subject of some pretty worthy critiques by black feminists and cultural critics over the years. I’m wondering if the new series will take such critiques into account. Of course the real question is — who will play Nola Darling?
In case you haven’t seen it, watch a trailer for the original below. Oddly enough, the film isn’t available on Netflix, but you can snag it on Amazon.