It’s been twenty years since Do the Right Thing but Spike Lee has continued to grow and innovate as a filmmaker, pushing himself to work outside his comfort zone while never completely leaving his deep-seated convictions about race in America.
It’s been eight years since Training Day but Antoine Fuqua has yet to make another successful film and even Training Day succeeded more because of Denzel Washington than because of Fuqua’s direction. While he did receive positive notices for his most recent film Brooklyn’s Finest, which played at Sundance earlier this year, it’s been a long dry spell for Fuqua. Can he finally up his game by joining forces with Lee? Their collaboration in adapting the graphic novel Miss: Better Living Through Crime may answer that question. Hit the jump for details.
Here’s what Variety has to say about the source material:
[Miss, by French writers Philippe Thirault, Marc Riou and Mark Vigouroux] revolves around Nola and Slim, two unlikely partners in crime in the early 1900s in New York. Nola is a poor white girl who has learned to survive by hook or by crook since being expelled from the orphanage. Slim is a black pimp with an uncertain past, trying to keep one foot out of the grave. Story revolves around a poor white girl and a black pimp who forge a partnership as killers for hire.
Fuqua will direct with Lee executive producing, but I was hoping they could switch roles because that premise sounds really great and I don’t trust Fuqua to handle it. That’s not to be mean, but Lee made 4 Little Girls, 25th Hour, Inside Man, When the Levee Broke, and Malcolm X. Antoine Fuqua made King Arthur. Hopefully Lee can get Fuqua to leave the action movie crap behind and tell a story first before making with the set pieces.