Spike Lee is directing a film adaptation of David Byrne’s Broadway show, American Utopia, according to Deadline.
The show, which debuted in November of 2019, is set to end its five-month run later in February. The forthcoming film is set to be produced by Participant, River Road Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and RadicalMedia alongside Byrne’s own Todomundo and Lee’s Forty Acres and a Mule.
Glad to hear Spike Lee will be directing a film of David Byrne's American Utopia, a wonderful, uplifting play celebrating the contributions of immigrants and POC that is like a specific antidote to the Trump disease. https://t.co/m36WDuJewh
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) February 3, 2020
“Pinch me,” Byrne said in a statement about the forthcoming flick. “This couldn’t have worked out better for this project. Spike Lee directing and Participant producing – two socially engaged teams, well, three, if you count us in the band, coming together in what I feel, will be something moving, important, and unlike anything, anyone has seen before.”
There is not yet a release date set for the film.