Spike Lee Signs Deal with Netflix Showcasing Multi Talent Creative Partnership
These days, signing an exclusive deal with a streaming platform is practically a rite of passage for creators. While there are some exceptions, most folks seem to sign on with one streamer in particular. Now with his Netflix deal, Spike Lee is joining the ranks of people like Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.
What Will the Spike Lee Netflix Deal Mean for His Future Work?
She’s Gotta Have It, image via Netflix
Of course, Lee is no newcomer to Netflix. The esteemed director has already collaborated with the platform on multiple projects, including a series adaptation of his film, She’s Gotta Have It. He’s also made movies exclusive to the streamer, as you can see in my Da 5 Bloods review. In fact, Netflix picked up that movie after other studios turned it down.
As such, Lee has recognized the people behind the platform in the past for their support. He extended that praise in light of the new multi-year deal. According to Variety, he said in a statement, “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.”
Unsurprisingly, that feeling goes both ways. Netflix was just as effusive in response. Scott Stuber, who heads global film for Netflix, told Variety, “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.”
Lee’s Remarks Also Signal Support for Other Filmmakers
In his statement, Lee also seemed to indicate that he’d be championing other artists. As he said, “Besides my joints, we together will focus on the new diverse storytellers, youth must be served.” As with his film and TV work for Netflix, there is also precedent for this.
See You Yesterday, image via Netflix
For example, Lee produced the 2019 sci-fi movie See You Yesterday. The film, which Stefan Bristol directed and cowrote with Fredrica Bailey, follows two young Brooklyn inventors. They are CJ (Eden Duncan-Smith) and Sebastian (Dante Crichlow).
The kids are just messing around with the possibility of time travel. However, that all changes when the police mistake Sebastian’s brother for an armed robber. Suddenly, their work takes on an urgency it didn’t have before. And if that mix of entertainment and social commentary sounds familiar, then yeah. That’s kind of Spike Lee’s whole thing. So it’s no surprise that he’ll help out upcoming filmmakers who can pull off the same trick.
See You Yesterday, along with the Lee works mentioned above, are all available now on Netflix.
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featured image of Da 5 Bloods via Netflix
Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]