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Spike Lee sells idea to Showtime

on May 10, 2014 10:40 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Spike Lee says his wife persuaded him to adapt his 1986 film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” for television.

“For years, my wife, Tonya (Lewis), kept telling me, ‘That would make a great TV show,’” Lee said in an interview Thursday night. “Then I went to Showtime with the first initial meeting and we sold the idea. That’s not something that happens every day.”

Lee, 57, wants to adapt the movie into a half-hour comedy series. The original story focused on a woman’s relationship with three men, exploring the issues of race, sexuality and gentrification in a neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The film was a breakthrough project for Lee, and helped ignite the independent film movement.

He’s working on the pilot and Showtime will decide if the show gets picked up.

Lee has also finished the script and is seeking more financial backing for the sequel to his 1988 film, “School Daze,” based on life at Atlanta’s historically black colleges.

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