Chi-Raq trailer

Spike Lee has been very, very busy. It was only about six months ago (a few months after he released his last film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus) that we learned he was working on Chi-Raq, a retelling of the ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata set in a modern-day Chicago torn apart by gang violence, and today the first trailer is already here. The film is slated to be Amazon’s first full-length feature film, and from here, their foray into that realm seems to be off to a promising start. Watch the Chi-Raq trailer after the jump. Read More »

Teyonah Parris in Dear White People

Not to be outdone by Netflix, Amazon is also jumping into the original features game. Their first foray into that realm will be Chi-Raq, Spike Lee‘s contemporary retelling of the classical Greek play Lysistrata.

The company’s latest statement on the project reveals some new details, including a full cast list that includes Teyonah ParrisAngela BassettJohn Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. Get all the details on the Amazon Chi-Raq project after the jump.  Read More »

Spike Lee shooting Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

New details have emerged on Chiraq, Spike Lee‘s upcoming feature for Amazon Studios. As suggested by the title, it’ll be an examination of gun violence in Chicago. More surprisingly, it’ll also be a musical comedy based on an ancient Greek play. Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack are expected to star, and Kanye West may also be involved in some capacity.

Get all the latest info about the Spike Lee Chiraq movie after the jump.  Read More »