Spike Lee scores multiyear partnership with Netflix

Spike Lee scores multiyear partnership with Netflix
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Spike Lee has teamed up with Netflix for a multiyear creative partnership.

The 64-year-old director and his 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks have forged a partnership with the streaming giant following successful collaborations on Da 5 Bloods and the She’s Gotta Have It TV series — based on his 1986 movie of the same name.

In a statement announcing the deal, Lee said: “There is no better way for me and my company 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks to begin the new year than renew our partnership with Ted, Scott, and Tendo – da fearless leaders of Netflix.”

“Besides my joints, we together will focus on the new diverse storytellers, youth must be served.”

Netflix’s head of global film Scott Stuber added: “Throughout Spike‘s incredible career, his writing and directing have remained searing and insightful about our times, while still being incredibly entertaining.

“We’re privileged to enter this new partnership with Spike and look forward to bringing the next chapter of films from Brooklyn’s very own to the world.”

Da 5 Bloods was released on Netflix at the height of the coronavirus pandemic and Spike was “glad” that people had the chance to watch the movie — even if it didn’t come out on the big screen.

When asked if he was bothered that audiences will not be able to see the flick at the cinema, the Malcolm X filmmaker said: “Even if it bothered me, I’m glad people are seeing it.

“And here’s the thing, and I’m not trying to be flip. The world has changed. Everybody has plans. Everybody. Plans went out the motherf—ing window. Why should I be different?”

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