Media outlets are reporting that after thirty years since its cinematic release, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It will be adapted for the small screen as Netflix has given a greenlight to a ten episode series order.
She’s Gotta Have It centres on Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties, struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers: the cultured model Greer Childs, the protective investment banker Jamie Overstreet and da original B-Boy sneaker head Mars Blackmon. Spike Lee is set to direct all ten episodes of the series, which he created and Executive Producers alongside his wife Tonya Lewis Lee.
Spike Lee released a statement about the announcement, as well as reminiscing about the films significance, saying:
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.
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.
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.
The film marked Spike Lee’s directorial feature debut, which he shot in twelve days during the summer of 1985 on a $175k budget. The film helped usher in the American independent film movement of the 1980’s, paving the way for other black filmmakers and signalled a change of how African Americans were portrayed in films. She’s Gotta Have It ended up making over $7m at the US box office and it starred Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell and Spike Lee.
I’m interested in seeing how this will be adapted for the small screen over the course of a ten episode series. She’s Gotta Have It is still one of the few Spike Lee films I haven’t seen yet (seems impossible to find on DVD around here….yes I still collect them) and I hope to catch it before Netflix releases this series.