Spike Lee’s next major film, currently going by the working title “Chi-Raq,” is set to be the first-ever Amazon Original Movie produced according to a press release from Amazon Studios today.
Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in the film which was shot entirely in Chicago and wrapped last week.
Lee directed and co-wrote the film with Kevin Willmott (“C.S.A.: Confederate States Of America”) with the film set to explore violence in inner city Chicago.
Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon Studios says: “Spike Lee is one of the most distinct and visionary filmmakers of our time. It would be impossible to find a better filmmaker with whom to launch our studio. He has a unique voice, a distinct eye, and he tackles important subjects with humor and heart, pointing to solutions and not exploiting the problems. ‘Chi-Raq’ may be his greatest, and definitely his boldest film yet – everything about it is distinctive.”
Amazon Original Movies is an initiative by Amazon to produce and acquire original movies for theatrical release and early window distribution exclusively for Prime members. It joins the Amazon Original Series line-up which includes such shows as “Bosch,” “Transparent,” “Mozart in the Jungle” and the upcoming “Hand of God” and “The Man in the High Castle”.