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Old 02-08-24, 02:19 PM
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High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

Apple Original Films and A24 are partnering on High and Low which reunites long time collaborators Spike Lee and Denzel Washington with Washington starring and Lee directing. A24 will release the film theatrically before its global launch on Apple TV+.

Developed and produced by A24, Escape Artists and Mandalay Pictures, and written by Alan Fox and Lee, the new thriller starts production in March. The feature will be produced by Todd Black for Escape Artists and Jason Michael Berman for Mandalay Pictures. In addition to directing, Lee will serve as executive producer through his 40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks. Mandalay’s Peter Guber will serve as executive producer, along with Juniper Productions’ Matthew Lindner, Chris Brigham, and Katia Washington. Mandalay’s Jordan Moldo is co-producing.

The film is the English-language reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s crime thriller of the same title. While its unknown how similar the plot will be to Kurosawa’s movie, the original pic was released in 1963, and follows an executive of a Yokohama shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped by mistake and held for ransom.

The project marks the fifth time the two Oscar winners have worked together most recently in 2006’s Inside Man. According to sources, both started showing interest in working together on the project last spring but when the WGA and SAG AFTRA strikes forced production to halt on the Gladiator sequel Washington was starring, the idea was tabled. With the strikes resolved and production on Gladiator wrapped, High And Low became priority for the two with the plan to shoot this March.

The film marks the second collaboration for Apple Original Films and Washington following the multi-Oscar nominated The Tragedy of Macbeth, also from A24, which landed Washington his 10th nomination for Best Actor.

Washington is represented by WME, Lee is represented by Gersh and Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks and Fox is represented by Grandview.
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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

Kurosawa’s version is fantastic! I doubt Lee and Denzel could match the greatness of that one but I’m excited to see them work together again.
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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

A24? Denzel and Lee together again?

I'm in.
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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Kurosawa’s version is fantastic! I doubt Lee and Denzel could match the greatness of that one but I’m excited to see them work together again.
This.
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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

For the record, Kurosawa's HIGH AND LOW was based on Ed McBain's crime novel, "King's Ransom," one of the author's 87th Precinct series. It might behoove Spike Lee's screenwriters to give that book a read first. And maybe license the rights from McBain's estate.

Just sayin'...



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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
It might behoove Spike Lee's screenwriters to give that book a read first. And maybe license the rights from McBain's estate.

Just sayin'...
And you know this wasn't done because... ?
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And you know this wasn't done because... ?
No mention of it in the press release linked in the OP. Granted, that doesn't mean they didn't do it. I just hope they did. Nothing wrong with expressing that hope and bringing the original source material to this group's attention.
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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

The "Built-in Doubt" in this thread is hilarious. But maybe it'll help this film in the end because if there are no high expectations, there's nowhere to go but up.
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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
For the record, Kurosawa's HIGH AND LOW was based on Ed McBain's crime novel, "King's Ransom," one of the author's 87th Precinct series. It might behoove Spike Lee's screenwriters to give that book a read first. And maybe license the rights from McBain's estate.

Just sayin'...



I’ve read King’s Ransom (Ed McBain is a pseudonym) after seeing High and Low. It’s one of the loosest book adaptations of all time. To put it in perspective, people (rightly) accept that The Godfather movie is better than the book. Kurosawa’s adaptation is multiple universes above that in terms of elevating the source material to something else entirely.

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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

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The "Built-in Doubt" in this thread is hilarious. But maybe it'll help this film in the end because if there are no high expectations, there's nowhere to go but up.
I’m excited to see what Lee and Washington can do with the story for sure. This is a movie I’m absolutely looking forward to.

That said, Spike “Oldboy” Lee hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt from me for English language remakes.
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Hot on the heels of his first Academy Award nomination for his lead role in American Fiction, Jeffrey Wright has been set to join Denzel Washington and Ilfenesh Hadera in Spike Lee’s High and Low, an English-language reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 crime thriller, for Apple and A24.

Details as to his role are under wraps.
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Ice Spice is set to appear in Spike Lee‘s upcoming English-language reinterpretation of the Akira Kurosawa crime thriller “High and Low.”

“High and Low” will mark Ice Spice’s acting debut, and she’s already begun shooting for the project starring Denzel Washington.

The rapper skyrocketed to fame following the release of her breakthrough single, “Munch (Feelin’ U),” and subsequent collaborations with Pink Pantheress, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. She was nominated for four Grammys this year, including best rap song and best new artist. Ice Spice’s first studio album, “Y2K,” is due out this year.

The project is the fifth collaboration between Washington and Lee, and their first since 2006’s “Inside Man.” Apple Original Films and A24 are partnering on the project, which will be released theatrically by A24 before a global launch on AppleTV+.

Apple Original Films tweeted a photo of Washington and Lee on Wednesday to announce that the project had officially begun production.
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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

Spike and Denzel remaking Kurosawa.

That's ballsy, I'll give them that.

Has Spike ever done a full on thriller before? I'm not saying he can't do it, but it doesn't seem to be in his wheelhouse. Then again, maybe I'm missing something. Either way, I'd like to see this just to see how well they pull it off.
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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

Originally Posted by B5Erik
Spike and Denzel remaking Kurosawa.

That's ballsy, I'll give them that.

Has Spike ever done a full on thriller before? I'm not saying he can't do it, but it doesn't seem to be in his wheelhouse. Then again, maybe I'm missing something. Either way, I'd like to see this just to see how well they pull it off.
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Originally Posted by B5Erik
Spike and Denzel remaking Kurosawa.

That's ballsy, I'll give them that.
Ikiru, which is in Kurosawa’s top 3, was recently re-made as Living for no reason by some random director, and nobody batted an eye. That remake will be lost to time and forgotten. This idea by comparison doesn’t sound as bad.

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Ikiru, which is in Kurosawa’s top 3, was recently re-made as Living for no reason by some random director, and nobody batted an eye. That remake will be lost to time and forgotten. This idea by comparison doesn’t sound as bad.
Anything that gets Bill Nighy on screen isn't without some merit.
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Re: High and Low (D: Spike Lee) S: Denzel Washington

Really like Denzel Washington. Never heard of Ice Spice, until now.
I generally like Spike Lee and I love High and Low, but his previous adaptation of a masterpiece of Asian Cinema didn't really turn out great(maybe part of the studio's fault)
Still would like to see the director cut of Oldboy, as the studio butchered it down by about an hour.

But remaking a Kurosawa film that is not a Western, yeah good luck with that.


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