Writer/director Spike Lee’s debut feature “She’s Gotta Have It” is getting a small screen revival, courtesy of Netflix. Today, the streaming giant announced that it has ordered a 10-episode update of the black & white 1986 dramedy.
Lee will direct the entire series and serves as creator, as well as executive producer along with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.
“My wife… had the vision to take my film from the big screen and turn it into an episodic series,” said Lee in a statement. “It had not occurred to me at all.”
“She’s Gotta Have It” focuses on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself as she divides her time between her friends, her job and her three lovers: cultured model Greer Childs, protective investment banker Jamie Overstreet, and b-boy Mars Blackmon, played by Lee in the original film.
“‘She’s Gotta Have It’ has a very special place in my heart,” said Lee. “We shot this film in 12 days (two 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.”
It’s not Lee’s first foray into the streaming space. Last year, he directed, co-wrote and produced the Amazon Original Movies feature “Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq,” a modern-day reimagining of the Greek comedy “Lysistrata” focusing on inner-city violence in the Windy City, starring Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. The film got a limited theatrical release in the U.S. via Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate in December prior to debuting on Amazon Prime Video in February.