NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee‘s new film as its first Amazon Original Movie.
The film, with the working title “Chi-Raq,” features a cast including Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson and Teyonah Parris, as well as D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris and Angela Bassett, plus John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Chi-Raq” was shot entirely in Chicago and wrapped last week. Directed by Lee, it was co-written by Lee and Kevin Willmott. It focuses on violence in inner-city Chicago.
Amazon Studios’ Ted Hope said, “It would be impossible to find a better filmmaker” than Lee to launch the studio with.
Amazon Original Movies, announced in January, was formed to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release as well as distribution to its Amazon Prime members.
What's Spike Lee's Best Joint?
1. Honorable mention: She's Gotta Have It1 of 11
2. 10. Miracle at St. Anna2 of 11
3. 9. School Daze3 of 11
4. 8. He Got Game4 of 11
5. 7. Clockers5 of 11
6. 6. Crooklyn6 of 11
7. 5. Inside Man7 of 11
8. 4. Jungle Fever8 of 11
9. 3. Mo' Better Blues9 of 11
10. 2. Malcolm X10 of 11
11. 1. Do The Right Thing11 of 11
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