Netflix has released the first trailer for She's Gotta Have It, which launches everywhere on the streaming service this Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017. The trailer gives us our first brief glimpse at Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise), along with Nola's three lovers, the cultured model Greer Childs, the protective investment banker Jamie Overstreet, and the original B-Boy sneakerhead Mars Blackmon, who was played by She's Gotta Have It director Spike Lee in his debut film, released in 1986. Spike Lee returns to create the series and direct all 10 episodes of the first season.
She's Gotta Have It, the Netflix Original Series from Academy Award Nominated Director Spike Lee is a 10-episode contemporary update of Lee's 1986 revolutionary debut film. Starring DeWanda Wise (Shots Fired) in the central role of Nola Darling, a Brooklyn-based artist in her late twenties struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her Friends, her Job and her Three Lovers: Greer Childs played by Cleo Anthony (Divergent), Jamie Overstreet played by Lyriq Bent (The Book of Negroes), and Mars Blackmon played by Hamilton alum Anthony Ramos. Chyna Layne (Precious), Ilfenesh Hadeara (Baywatch), Margot Bingham (Barbershop: The Next Cut), Sydney Morton (Love, New York), and Joie Lee (Do The Right Thing) also star. Lee directs all 10 episodes of the series, he created and produced the show. Tonya Lewis Lee is Executive Producer. Barry Michael Cooper and Lynn Nottage are also Producers.
She's Gotta Have It was Spike's landmark film which he shot in 12 days during the long hot summer of 1986. The film signaled a change of how African Americans are portrayed in movies. The film was produced on a $175,000 budget, and centered on Nora Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns), a sexually independent Brooklyn woman who balances three potential suitors, played by Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell and Spike Lee. The filmmaker/actor's character Mars Blackmon was also used in a series of 1980s and 1990s Nike Air Jordan commercials with NBA legend Michael Jordan. The new She's Gotta Have It is Spike's first TV series.
After She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee went on to direct School Daze, Do The Right Thing, Mo' Better Blues, Malcolm X, He Got Game, Inside Man, Jungle Fever, Bamboozled, Crooklyn, Chiraq, She Hate Me, 25th Hour, Clockers, and such outstanding documentary work as the double Emmy Award winning If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise and the Peabody Award winning A Huey P Newton Story, and the Netflix Original Film Rodney King. Spike is a 2-time Oscar nominee (Do The Right Thing and 4 Little Girls) and was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2015 for his lifetime achievement and contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences.
Spike Lee was originally set to develop this She's Gotta Have It TV series with Showtime back in May 2014, but it was announced in September 2016 that this series will debut on the Netflix streaming service. If this series proves to be a big hit for Netflix, it will be interesting to see if Spike Lee will revisit any of his other original films to be adapted into a new TV series. It's possible that Netflix could also strike a deal with the filmmaker to distribute his next film, but it isn't clear yet what that next film may be. Take a look at the first trailer for She's Gotta Have It below.