Spike Lee's "Chiraq" Film Could Be Musical: Report - NBC Chicago

Spike Lee's "Chiraq" Film Could Be Musical: Report



    Spike Lee to Chicago on "Chiraq" Film: "See it First"

    Spike Lee, alongside John Cusack and Father Michael Pfleger, discusses his upcoming film "Chiraq" and the criticism it faces. (Published Thursday, May 14, 2015)

    Could Spike Lee’s upcoming film “Chiraq” be a musical comedy featuring music by Kanye West? According to one report, maybe.

    Screen Daily reports in an exclusive update that “Chiraq” will reimagine the ancient Greek comedy "Lysistrata." The website also claims that West and Jennifer Hudson may be involved in the film, with a spokesperson for West telling the publication the Chicago rapper is in “discussions for West’s possible involvement in the film’s soundtrack, schedule permitting.”

    “Chiraq” is set to highlight the violence that has thrust Chicago into national spotlight in recent years.

    "Lysistrata" is an ancient Greek comedy where women withhold sexual privileges to try to stop the Peloponnesian War. It is not clear how Lee’s version would incorporate that concept.

    Lee spoke about the movie for the first time publicly in Chicago Thursday, hoping to address concerns about the film, but he did not offer any specifics about the film’s content.

    “We have to stop the madness. This is insane,” he said, noting that he attended a funeral on Tuesday after someone on the film’s production team was gunned down in the city. “This is not a joke, this is not a game, this is real life and death, and that’s the way we are going to approach.”

    Lee said he doesn’t feel the film will impact the city’s tourism draw or business appeal.

    “Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first,” he said.

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