Spike Lee, John Ridley, Mike Tyson, "Entourage" Creator Team For HBO Black Male-Focused Drama Series

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 22, 2011 3:40 AM
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Well, how about that?!

Spike Lee is teaming with writer John Ridley, Doug Ellin (creator of Entourage) and Mike Tyson to produce a drama series project for HBO titled Da Brick.

To be scripted by Ridley and directed by Spike, the series is described as "a contemporary exploration of what it means to be a young, black man in supposedly post-racial America."

Broad description, yes; but I'm glad it's a TV series, because 1 feature film certainly won't cover it all!

Da Brick is reportedly "loosely inspired" by Mike Tyson’s youth, and will be set in present-day Newark, NJ (aka "brick city," for those in da know; hence, Da Brick).

As Deadline notes, the series, created by Tyson and Ellin was originally billed as "Entourage meets The Wire;" but that idea apparently went out the window when John Ridley and Spike Lee came on-board. And thank goodness for that!

Casting is currently underway... no ETA on when we can expect to see it though.

Color me definitely intrigued!

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17 Comments

  • RideHandsomeBlackCanadianCowboyStudBrett1953 | September 13, 2011 7:42 AMReply

    Oh,right....Another supposedly "urban" show about a garbage dump of a "city"-
    Newark,N.J.,-destroyed by first white racism,then black popinjay "mis-leaders" including Newark's present Mayor.Guess I won't be auditioned for this piece of crap show because I have FAR TOO MANY STRIKES against me:At 58,I'm
    a handsome black Canadian lad said to look,rather than like a stereotypical "brotha,"a handsome,libidinous cowboy.(I enjoy heavy metal,garage rock and Country,and am said by a lot of the ladies to resemble and LAY IT DOWN like a cowboy stud.So,guess I'm not "urban,""street,""black" enough to be considered,right,Shelton Jackson?(Spike Lee's two given names.)

  • Tony Smith | June 22, 2011 10:35 AMReply

    @Pompatus: Yeah -- who needs to hear about social justice and racism....These things are unimportant to black men. LOL

  • Lynn | June 22, 2011 5:59 AMReply

    Sounds very interesting and intriguing. I would like to hear more about the casting choice before making any comments about the content of the series.

    I am very interested in "Da Brick" I am an aspiring actress and I would like to hear some more info about casting.

    Note: *Off topic* Since when does S&A have spam comments??

  • CareyCarey | June 22, 2011 5:39 AMReply

    @ The cranky film critic who said: "Since a man is behind Madea I would hardly say that his films address real black women unless your goal is to laugh at them"

    Excuse me, surely you jest? Might I remind you of "For Colored Girls" . That was a poignant reminder of issues that many black woman face on a daily bases. It was a subtle call for all women to look inside themselves to find the real issues that may find them in dire straights. I don't believe anyone, men or women, laughed in their face.

    I am not going to touch the rest of the comments because there's some thangs going on up in here, and my name is Bennett and I'm not in it. I see my man Zeus has a handle on this one, but it looks like he has a few formidable foes. So I am going to sit back and enjoy the entertainment.

    But I will say that nobody does it better than Spike! I look forward to everything he's involved with.

  • Kunle Adekolo | June 22, 2011 5:25 AMReply

    @Zeus

    How intelligent and mature of you. Please, pardon my insolence.

  • BluTopaz | June 22, 2011 5:23 AMReply

    If not mistaken, New Jersey has never been explored in depth on film re: Black communities the same way, say Harlem and Brooklyn have been. I wouldn't stop to fill up a gas tank in Newark and forget rolling through there after dark. That is one city not in danger of being gentrified anytime soon.

    I respect Spike and HBO enough to do something different than the tired 'da hood' content, but i most likely won't watch it particularly because of Tyson's involvement.

  • Zeus | June 22, 2011 4:44 AMReply

    Hell yes we are seriously laughing at you bringing up a non-issue. lol

    You nip pick a damn "da" in the title but have no issue with mammy type stereotypes along with buffoonish antics present in TP's films?

    Spike's work has a history of addressing the seriousness of racism and accountability in our community so it sounds like you're reaching for a reason to bitch since Spike dared to not kiss Tyler's ass 2 1/2 years ago.

  • The Pompatus of Cinema | June 22, 2011 4:42 AMReply

    @Gary, right on.

    If they wanted a hit, they shoulda stuck with Entourage meets The Wire. Spike's going to turn it into a downer about racism and "Social Justice." As a dramatic element or story line, yeah. As the driving theme, no. Oh, well.

  • Kunle Adekolo | June 22, 2011 4:27 AMReply

    @Zeus
    @Rasheed

    Are you seriously responding to my comment, in an apparent effort to defend the use of "da" instead of the still widely recognized and taught "the"? SMMFH.

  • dcmoviegirl | June 22, 2011 4:07 AMReply

    @Gary C.

    There's a difference between being marketed for "black women" and actual black women.

  • Zeus | June 22, 2011 4:04 AMReply

    @Kunle Adekolo


    That is the weak as hell. LOL!

  • Gary C. | June 22, 2011 3:51 AMReply

    About time! Lately when anything "black" is made in hollywood it's marketed towards black women (thank you Tyler Perry) and the black male has been the forgotten demographic. And if this is marketed for black men, about black men, I'm curious to see if sisters will reject it or embrace it.

  • Rasheed | June 22, 2011 3:49 AMReply

    @ Kunle Adekolo

    Seriously?

  • Kunle Adekolo | June 22, 2011 3:35 AMReply

    For all the criticism leveled at Tyler Perry (especially by Spike Lee), at least he hasn't released anything with "da" in the title. Seems very buffoonish to me, Mr. Lee.

  • writer | June 22, 2011 3:27 AMReply

    @The Pompatus

    It's set in modern day Newark "Da Brick" New Jersey not the Short Hills Mall, which is only a few miles away but a different world. Of course those would be the driving themes.

  • eshowoman, the cranky film critic | June 22, 2011 2:59 AMReply

    "Lately when anything “black” is made in hollywood it’s marketed towards black women (thank you Tyler Perry)"
    Since a man is behind Madea I would hardly say that his films address real black women unless your goal is to laugh at them

    "I’m curious to see if sisters will reject it or embrace it." Really??? Like black women have the power to make or break any production in Hollywood.

    With Spike & Tyson involved I am scared what the depiction of black women will be or will they simply follow the "post-racial" trend and substitute non-black women as love interests.

  • Yayi | June 22, 2011 2:09 AMReply

    Post-racial America? I will save my opinion after I see the entire series.

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