Spike Lee Directs A Viagra Musical

Courtesy of Reuters.

Spike Lee is tapped to direct an upcoming origin musical-film on how Viagra came to be, for eOne.

Pfizer has currently got attention for its achievement of a COVID-19 vaccine. Spike Lee is expected to direct and has penned the script with  Kwame Kwei-Armah. Stew Steward and Heidi Rodewald write the music and songs.  It’s also based on David Kushner Esquire article – All Rise: The Untold Story of The Guys Who Launched Viagra.

The musical is based on true events on Pfizer’s discovery and groundbreaking drug-Viagra.  Matt Jackson’s Jackson Pictures will produce the film together with Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule.  Spike Lee is most known for BlackKklansman and Da 5 Bloodcovering racism and including African-American in his films.

“First And Foremost, I Thank Ms. Jacquelyn Shelton Lee. I Thank My Late Mother For As She Would Say Taking “My Narrow,Rusty Behind” Dragging, Kickin’ And Screamin’ To The Movies When I Wuz A Nappy Headed Kid Growing Up In Da Streets Of Da People’s Republic Of Brooklyn. I Did Not Want To See Corny People Singin’ And Dancin’. I Instead Wanted To Play With My Friends On Da Block, Stoop Ball, Stick Ball, Punch Ball, Soft Ball, Basketball, 2 Hand Touch, Tackle Football, Coco Leevio, Johnny On Da Pony, Hot Peas And Butter, Crack Top, Down Da Sewer And Of Course-Booty’s Up. All The Great New York City Street Games That Might Be Sadly Lost Forever. My Father, Bill Lee, Jazz/Folk Bassist,Composer HATED HollyWeird Movies, Henceforth And What Not, Me Being The Eldest Of 5 Children I Became Mommy’s Movie Date. She Was A Cinefile. Thank You Lawdy She Didn’t Listen To My Ongoing Complaints About Musicals. So Finally Going Into My 4th Decade As A Filmmaker I Will Be Directing A DANCIN’,ALL SINGIN’ MUSICAL Spike Lee Joint And I Can’t Wait. My Moms Has Been Waiting TOO!!! And Dats Da Rodgers And Hammerstein Truth, Ruth.”

British Kwei-Armah is a playwright and director, who directed Twelfth Night and Tree. Matt Jackson produced The Trial of The Chicago 7.  Zev Foreman and Ilda Diffley are covering for Entertainment One. No title or release date is set yet.

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Source: Deadline.com

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