Spike Lee Reboots ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ as a Netflix Series
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Spike Lee’s career has spanned four decades and has produced a plethora of culturally iconic moments, but it all began with She’s Gotta Have It. Lee’s 1986 debut film was a candid dive into the intricacies of black romance that continued to influence pop culture years after its release. It provided a landmark moment for both black cinema and independent movies. (Plus, it influenced Lee’s iconic Nike commercials with Michael Jordan.)
This Thanksgiving, Lee will revive She’s Gotta Have It for Netflix in the form of a TV series starring DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos, Cleo Anthony and Lyriq Bent. You can watch its first trailer above.
The preview is framed around a conversation between Wise’s character—Nola Darling, also the focus of the 1986 film—and her therapist, played by Heather Hedley. Darling (“a sex positive, polyamorous pansexual”) is asked to discuss the men in her life, and they’re briefly introduced on-screen: Mars Blackmon, a goofy bike messenger with a gold grill; Greer Childs, a sensually spontaneous model; and Jamie Overstreet, a dapper type fond of the finer things. Each relationship offers a unique experiences for Darling, and navigating them while maintaining her self-center isn’t always the easiest task.
The She’s Gotta Have It reboot comes at a time when Hollywood is finally looking to directors and writers to shine a light on the nuances and complexities of black life. This development comes following the success of projects including Insecure and Get Out. In that vein, Lee is also working on Black Klansman, a historical piece with Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele, billed as another one of the comedian’s social thrillers.
Believe it or not, this is also Spike Lee’s TV series debut.