Filmmaker Spike Lee is working with pop-music composer Stevie Wonder to remake his 1989 Brooklyn-set film Do the Right Thing as a Broadway musical.
In a Sunday August 11 interview on CNN’s business news show “Your Money,” Lee confirmed that he has been developing a stage musical version of Do the Right Thing while answering a question about the state of the film industry today and whether he would consider making a film remake just as other Hollywood properties have been in recent years. Lee also answered recent criticism that he is a Hollywood big shot unfairly using Kickstarter to raise alternate funds for his next movie, currently known as The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint.
Lee first announced his plans for a stage musical of Do the Right Thing while appearing on NBC’s talk show “The Today Show,” stating, “I’m talking to Sir James Nederlander about it,” referencing the Tony Award-winning Broadway producer.
What’s new in this recent CNN interview is that he mentioned Wonder as a songwriting collaborator to write musical numbers for his 1989 drama, about racial tension in the rough Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The film was written, produced and directed by Lee. Portraying the role of “Mookie,” he also stepped in front of the camera to star alongside Danny Aiello and Ruby Dee. A young Martin Lawrence and actress Rosie Perez also made their feature film debuts in the movie.
The filmmaker recently tasted success on the New York stage after directing Mike Tyson’s one-man show Undisputed Truth.