Spike Lee‘s reinterpretation Oldboy hits theaters on November 27th so he’s in the middle of doing some fairly epic press for that film. Even though he was court side at the Knicks game in New York last night, he somehow made his way to LA this morning to talk about the film. I sat down with him just a few moments ago, accompanied by a few other journalists, and got a lot of great stuff. I’m going to be posting the lengthy interview next week, but first I wanted to give you guys a quick update on his next film.
For the past few months, ever since Lee launched his Kickstarter, we’ve known that the project centered around humans who are addicted to blood. Prior reports also had Michael K. Williams (Omar in “The Wire”) and Zaraah Abrahams starring in the film. What I didn’t know until today was that Lee has already shot the film! It’s called Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus (changed from Da Blood Of Jesus) and the lead is Stephen Tyrone Williams, a young broadway actor who also appeared in Children Of God.
I asked Lee about the tone of Sweet Blood and he replied, “it’s scary. Humorous. Bloody. Sexy. Go for this one.” He added that the film uses blood as a “metaphor. As we all know human beings have many addictions. Drugs, sex, alcohol, power, money, Air Jordans [laughs]. In this one they’re addicted to blood. We shot in New York, Martha’s Vineyard and we’re editing now. We shot it in 16 days, and we were one day ahead of schedule.”
As a fan of Lee’s work I’ll definitely be checking it out. While we wait for that make sure to take your parents to see Oldboy on Thanksgiving!