I already have no idea how I feel about Spike Lee—it’s actually a dilemma that keeps me up a few nights a month. And now he’s going and doing something like reviving his character from Do the Right Thing, the Spike Lee-est of all Spike Lee Joints, in a sort-of-a sequel, Red Hook Summer. The ambiguity is deepened.
Lee shot and starred in Do the Right Thing twenty-two years ago, and hasn’t acted whatsoever in just over a decade. So this choice to play Mookie, his ‘89 film’s protagonist, in a new movie wherein an Atlanta-based character visits Brooklyn for a summer is surprising. Adding to the mystery of the film is the out-of-nowhere start date for production: today. This morning, Lee (via his Twitter), sent out the message, “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.” Vague, but definitive.
The director is describing the project as a “small indie” film, due possibly to the trouble he is reportedly having with finances. Lee is also involved with the Mike Tyson-based series Da Brick on HBO, and a remake of Oldboy.