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Spike Lee Producing Debut Feature Of Top Hedge Fund Manager's Son Centered On Manic Depressive Rapper

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 18, 2012 10:09 PM
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Spike Lee is reportedly going to produce the feature film directorial debut of the son of hedge fund manager Ray Dalio.

Ray Dialo runs the $80 billion Bridgewater Hedge Fund, and is said to be a heavy contributor to charities created by Jennifer Lopez and David Lynch.

His son, Paul Dalio is the one with the filmmaking aspirations; already a TV producer (and a graduate of NYU's MFA program like Spike Lee), Paul will make his feature film debut with a film called Mania Days, which centers on "a manic depressive rapper who gets involved with a manic depressive poet in a passionate affair that results in a pregnancy."

Sounds like some heavy ish, yo!

Spike's involvement will reportedly be "on a hands-on basis," as he oversees the entire project. So this should be a first; Spike is rarely hands-on as a producer on films that aren't his own.

I should note that Dalio also is a graduate of NYU's MFA program like Spike.

No word on casting yet; also, no word on whether this manic depressive rapper (or the manic depressive poet he gets involved with) will be black.

Of course, I'm guessing financing for Mania Days will come from pappa Dalio's bank account. And by the way, Mamma Dalio is rich too; she’s a direct descendant of the Vanderbilt-Whitney families.

This might also be a way in for Spike to get some money to finance his next (or some future) project. There's gold in them thar Dalio hills... get it Spike; geeeet it! :)

I wish I had that type of connect with an $80 billion hedge fund manager and Vanderbilt descendant. 

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  • Louise Marshall | March 20, 2012 4:14 PMReply

    I just praying that Spike revisit his old signature of discovering new talent ie. Halle Berry. It times for some producers to take some risk on casting.

  • Donella | March 20, 2012 12:53 PMReply

    Good for Spike thinking outside the box.

  • urbanauteur | March 19, 2012 7:28 PMReply

    They at some posh bistro, munching on crab cakes,mustard salad & jamaican ginger ale, it proably went down like this....yo'spike do me and i do you..? naaaw that sound gay ... they more than likely struck a mutual accord whereas that hedge fund guy told em he will grease his palms if he cake walk him thru his first feature.. with possible film funds to come his way..since he got that golden producers touch of late..:-)..?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | March 19, 2012 8:35 AMReply

    No one does it alone -- no one. Disciples of "King Coon" love to say that he did it all on his own and beat the white man at his own game. Meanwhile, all of his films are distributed by Lionsgate which, last I checked, is run by two white (Canadian) dudes.

  • Everette | March 19, 2012 8:24 AMReply

    Aaaaaahhhhhh, to mix and mingle!!!!!

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