Early this morning, Spike Lee tweeted, “Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the set of THE NEW SPIKE LEE JOINT.Today is 1st Day of Shooting.Awwwwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet.” Spike Lee hasn’t stepped in front of the camera since 1999’s Summer of Sam, but he’ll be reprising his role as “Mookie” from his seminal 1989 film Do the Right Thing for his new film, Red Hook Summer. According to Shadow and Act [via The Playlist and Blackfilm] “the story centers on an adult from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY.” Lee recently told THR that he was having trouble getting financing for his next film, but it looks like that problem has been sorted out and it sounds like this will be a smaller indie project in contrast to his recent feature films Miracle at Santa Anna and Inside Man.
It’s exciting that Lee is getting a new film off the ground and that Red Hook Summer may serve as a kind of sequel to Do the Right Thing. Lee was also linked to a remake of Oldboy and he’s set to direct Da Brick, an HBO series based on the early life of Mike Tyson.