After 25 years , director/writer Spike Lee has confirmed that a script for the sequel to “School Daze” has been completed. “School Daze” was loosely based on Spike Lee’s experiences at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. And it set the landscape for what every one who watched the movie expected to experience once they got to college.
The story follows a clash between fraternity and sorority members at a historically black college during homecoming weekend. The movie also touched on issues within the African-American community, such as intra-racism related to skin tone and hair quality.
Spike Lee revealed to Black&Sexy TV:
“I had the script for ‘School Daze. But, what people have to understand is that it’s a contemporary version. So it’s the same school, Mission College, 25 years later,” explained Lee. “Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president now of the school. And we would deal with issues around Historically Black Colleges today.”
Spike says the sequel will examine the same issues young college students faced in the late 80s and will also touch on new issues students face in college today, such as homophia and pledging for a fraternity/sorority.
Spike Lee is being courted to direct the Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold and is in early talks to take on the gig.The Foresight Unlimited project stars Justin Timberlake as the infamous record executive who was closely aligned with the rise of disco. Spinning Gold was announced during the Cannes Film Festival in May, with Timberlake turning up to pitch the film to foreign distributors.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is teaming with Morgan Creek Productions to co-finance and co-produce Tupac, creating a new urgency for the long-gestating biopic on the hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. They are working with a script by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, and a new draft is expected in two weeks. Several companies battled for the rights to partner on the film with Jim Robinson’s Morgan Creek before MCP president David Robinson sealed the deal with EFO. They are eyeing a February start date and a $45 million budget. They have the rights to exploit Tupac’s musical catalog, and his mother, Afeni Shakur, will be a producer on the film.
Zoe Saldana and sister Cisely Saldana have inked a first-look deal (via their production company Saldana Productions) with Lionsgate Entertainment ‘s Pantelion Films (which will be a Latino-focused Hollywood studio).
Zoe, who has signed on for three more Avatar films as well as the lead role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy spoke about the deal saying, “We look forward to a fruitful and productive relationship with Pantelion.”