Spike Lee filming new ‘Chiraq’ movie in Chicago

Wow, look at this news. Spike Lee x Chiraq?!

Now, I’m not a fan of declaring our great city Chiraq due to the gun violence that’s been well-documented over the past few years especially. But I accept that it’s been a part of the culture too and if Spike Lee is going to make a film about it, I think he would be the right guy. (At least a right guy.) Let’s see where he goes with this (and even if the title will hold up?)

The news today came via the Chicago Tribune and The Wrap, who additionally reported that Spike is seeking to cast Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, and none other than Kanye West & Common. This, this would also be cool. Story developing…

The Chicago Tribune reports that Lee was in Chitown back in January conducting research with the help of St. Sabina pastor Rev. Michael Pfleger.

“Thanks to Director/Actor Spike Lee,” Pfleger wrote on his Facebook page. “Who spent the day at St. Sabina yesterday talking and interviewing….People who cover the violence, Principals who deal with violence in and around their schools, Brothers from the Blocks who live in it every day and Parents who have lost their children to Violence…..He spent the day from early morning till late in the night….listening and asking questions to try and get a deeper understanding of the plague of violence. Thanks Spike for caring and wanting to understand.”

As a bonus, passing this along via this XXL story as well.

‘Ye recently moved from his longtime agent Cara Lewis and CAA to United Talent Agency (UTA). He’s reportedly looking to increase his profile in the feature world. He had a cameo in Anchorman 2 and has a role in Ben Stiller‘s Zoolander sequel. Common recently won an Oscar for best original song with “Glory” for the movie Selma. He also co-stars in Jaume Collet-Serra’s new movie Run All Night. He is repped by CAA.

(And oh yeah… of course I had to hit ya with the appropriate #TBT photo down below.)

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