This year marks the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s first feature film, She’s Gotta Have It. Making the anniversary even more special, Lee is forging ahead with a new version of his original work.
EW can confirm that Lee is adapting the film into a 10-episode Netflix miniseries. Lee will direct all 10 episodes and also serve as executive producer alongside his wife Tonya Lewis-Lee, whom Lee credits for coming up with the idea for the adaptation.
Like the original film, She’s Gotta Have It will follow independent Brooklyn artist Nola Darling, who struggles to define herself while choosing between three suitors: model Greer Childs, investment banker Jamie Overstreet, and motor-mouthed sneakerhead Mars Blackmon.
In a statement released to the press, Lee said, “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.”
Lee continued: “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.”
Lee, whose project had initially been considered at Showtime, went on to mention Netflix, writing, “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.”