VIDEO: Spike Lee Talks DO THE RIGHT THING Broadway Musical on GMA
ABC's GOOD MORNING AMERICA and Entertainment Weekly are reuniting the casts of some of America's most iconic movies all this week. Today, the cast of the Oscar-nominated film, 'Do the Right Thing' were back together for a reunion.
Director and writer Spike Lee shared that he still has plans to bring the the film to Broadway. "We might be doing a Broadway musical of 'Do the Right Thing," he revealed in the interview, adding, "I'll write it and I'll direct it but I'm not in it. I'm too old to play 'Mookie!'. Back in 2012, Lee revealed that he was talking to theater owner James Nederlander about bringing the 1989 film to the Great White Way.
Do the Right Thing, which tells the story of a neighborhood's simmering racial tension, which comes to a head and culminates in tragedy on the hottest day of the summer, was produced, written, and directed by Lee, who was also a featured actor. The all-star cast included Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito,Bill Nunn, and John Turturro and marked the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez.
The film was a commercial success and received numerous accolades and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Lee for Best Original Screenplay and one for Best Supporting Actor for Aiello's portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner.
Lee recently directed Broadway's Undisputed Truth featuring former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. The director will bring Tyson's one-man stage show to TV in HBO Films' Mike Tyson: UNDISPUTED TRUTH. It was filmed in New York at the Imperial Theatre this summer and will debut on HBO on November 16th. (check out the trailer here!)
He has been nominated for two Academy Awards including Do The Right Thing and the documentary 4 Little Girls.