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UPDATE: Spike Lee's "New Joint" Begins Shooting Today; Revisiting "Mookie" In "Red Hook"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 11, 2011 at 2:25AM

UPDATE: Just lifted the following from Wilson Morales' site:
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UPDATE:
Just lifted the following from Wilson Morales' site:

Blackfilm.com has exclusively learned that Spike Lee is currently working on a new feature film called ‘Red Hook Summer‘ with production slated to start this month. Details on the plot is limited, but a close source has informed us that the story centers on a adult from Atlanta who comes and spends the summer in Red Hook section of Brooklyn, NY. The kicker to this story is that Lee will be reprising his role as Mookie, the character he played over twenty years ago in his most famous film, 1989′s ‘ Do the Right Thing.’

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"Wake Up. I been up since 430am. On the way to the set of THE NEW SPIKE LEE JOINT.Today is 1st Day of Shooting.Awwwwwwwwwwww Sheeeeeeeeeeeeet"

Words tweeted by Spike Lee very early this morning, at about 5:30AM.

Needless to say, I read the tweet when I got into the office today, and I had a "WTF?" moment. Did I miss something? A press release, or some other announcement? What new Spike Lee joint is this that he starts shooting today? Is it a film, a commercial (he does those as well), or something else? But since he called it specifically "THE NEW SPIKE LEE JOINT, I'm left to believe that it's a feature film.

But then I remembered last month's news that Spike was teaming with writer John Ridley, Doug Ellin (creator of Entourage) and Mike Tyson to produce a drama series project for HBO titled Da Brick. Though that was just 3 weeks ago, and in that initial report, the project was still in development, and hadn't even been cast. I seriously doubt that they've been able to get it all together in such a short period of time to begin photography 3 weeks later. Unless, of course the report was incorrect, and scripting on the project was already complete, casting done, etc. But our source was Deadline, and they are hardly, if ever, inaccurate.

Spike certainly isn't talking, so we'll just have to wait until the real story breaks...

I heard a smattering of a rumor over the weekend, while I was at the American Black Film Festival that something was brewing, but couldn't post anything because I didn't have any facts.

Stay tuned...

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