Netflix announced that director Spike Lee‘s series adaptation of She’s Gotta Have It will premiere Thursday, November 23, 2017, following-up on their release of the the show’s first teaser trailer during last night’s 2017 BET Awards. The series marks Lee’s return to the world he created thirty years ago with his first feature-length film, made on a shoe-string budget of only $175,000 and filmed in only twelve days. She’s Gotta Have It would go on the gross $7 million domestically and catapult Lee’s directing career to new heights.
Here’s the rundown on the series:
The series centers on Nola (DeWanda Wise – Underground), a Brooklyn-based artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers: the cultured model Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony – Extant); the protective investment banker Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent – Mary Kills People); and Da Original B-Boy Sneakerhead Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos – Younger), who still wears Jordans but now is a social-media phenomenon. Wise’s Nola Darling is a sexually liberated, free spirited painter/mixed media artist.
She’s Gotta Have It was originally announced as going to series for Showtime back in 2014 but final negotiations on the project eventually fell through. Netflix announced the series in September 2016, with Lee directing all ten episodes of the first season. For Lee, building upon the lives of the characters he knows and loves so well seems like such a logical decision now…but it wasn’t his original idea. In his official statement (in its original format) when the series was first announced, Lee wanted to make sure to give credit where credit is due:
“Now With The Passing (August 8th) Of The 30th Anniversary, It’s A Gift That Keeps On Giving. We Are Getting An Opportunity To Revisit These Memorable Characters Who Will Still Be Relevant And Avant Garde 3 Decades Later. With All That Said It Was My Wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, Producer In Her Own Right, Who Had The Vision To Take My Film From The Big Screen And Turn It Into An Episodic Series. It Had Not Occurred To Me At All. Tonya Saw It Plain As Day. I Didn’t.”