Spike Lee Confirms Edwin Hawkins Singers, Donna Summer and More for SPINNING GOLD, But No Joan Jett

     November 11, 2013


Now that Oldboy is just weeks away from hitting theaters, director Spike Lee has his sights set on a new endeavor, Spinning GoldNews just broke that Lee was in early talks to direct Justin Timberlake in the Neil Bogart biopic, a film that will chronicle Bogart’s rise from a poor kid living in Brooklyn to one of the most influential pop-music record executives of his time.

While talking to Lee about Oldboy, we asked the director about the current status of the production and what familiar artists from Bogart’s roster he’ll include.  Hit the jump for more details.

spike-lee-spinning-goldWhen asked if Spinning Gold will be his next directorial endeavor, Lee replied:

“God willing! Kiss the cross! With Justin Timberlake. As soon as he finishes his tour.”

As a man with an incredibly prolific career, there are only so many Neil Bogart finds one feature film can handle. When asked which artists we can expect to see in the film, Lee highlighted:

“Donna Summer, Parliament Funkadelic, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, the Edwin Hawkins Singers, a whole bunch of stuff.”

Noticing one of Bogart’s very last signings before he passed away at the age of 39 in May 1982 didn’t make the cut, we specifically asked about the inclusion of Joan Jett. Lee explained:

 “Not in this one … that was on the other label. She wasn’t on Casablanca.”

Bogart started Casablanca back in 1973 with KISS, but as disco started to fade, he embraced new wave music and created the company Boardwalk Records. However, apparently the artists Bogart signed to that label will not appear in Spinning Gold. But fortunately, even without Jett and the rest of the Boardwalk lineup, Casablanca still has a wealth of talent to fill the feature.

Check out what Lee had to say about Spinning Gold for yourself in the clip below and watch out for our full chat with the director as we near Oldboy’s November 27th release.


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