Spike Lee coming to NBC

The peacock is about to do the right thing.

NBC has ordered a drama series script from noted filmmaker Spike Lee, director of the films Inside Man, Malcolm X, and Do the Right Thing. Titled NoLa, the nickname locals have given New Orleans, the ensemble drama follows a multiethnic group of people from different walks of life as they navigate the city in the aftermath of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The pilot will be written by Lee and Sid Quashie.

"It's a show about the city trying to rebuild itself and the people who are trying to put their lives together," the director told The Hollywood Reporter.

Lee said he became interested in writing a show about New Orleans while he was there filming the HBO documentary When the Levees Broke, which chronicled the catastrophe that occurred when the levees surrounding the city broke, covering much of the city with water. NoLa will show that the effects of Katrina on the great American city are far from over.

"We don't have to build sets," Lee told The Hollywood Reporter. "Things there still look like the city's been bombed out."

If NBC picks up the show, Lee will direct and produce. In the past several years, many respected film directors have crossed over to TV, including Mr. and Mrs. Smith's Doug Liman helming Heist for NBC, and National Treasure director Jon Turtletaub directing CBS's Jericho.

"It's our goal to make great cinema for television," Lee said of his project.

Lee says he will include in the NoLa cast several of the real-life New Orleans residents who appear in Levees. Over the weekend, the film was awarded the best documentary award at the Venice Film Festival.

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people died yes that's sad. Now for every storm that's this bad why don't we all make a movie about it. Also how much money is he donating to the victims?
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lilkunta - Spike Lee does rock, which is why he should be able to come up with a better idea than this. You know, something original.



You know what else "rox" though? Proper English.
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Wowsie wowsie woo woo.
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@ Lincole Burrows,



Spike Lee has done many wonderful works in the past 10 yrs. Have u seen "Get On The Bus" (about the 96 MillManMarch), "Bamboozled" ( about AfrAm Blackface), "4 Lil Girls"(about the innocent girls killed in Sunday School bc of racists) "Inside Man" "Sucker Free City"( about minorites in LA) "He Got Game"( an imprisoned father 's relationship w his son is clouded by greed) "Jesus Children Of America"(about HIV AIDS)...and so many more!



R u crazy? SL isnt saying 4 Mother Nature to do her worst. He filmed the aftermath of it. I dont think he saw it as an opportuity 2 make money/ get more fame bc he is already heralded 4 his great movies.



I think SL did it bc the story had 2 be told, had 2 be told from the AfrAm view, & to get more interest in the area so NoLa may rebuild.



This isnt exploitation. Exploitation is this: http://www.afro.com/content/templates/?a=5724&z=12



Oliver Stone taking the heroic of AFR AM MARINE JASON THOMAS and NYC firefighter BRUCE REYNOLDS and and changing them in2 2 anglos in his movie. All that money & stone couldnt even do research.. come on now!



Spike Lee rox!
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Rescue Me's got the aftermath of 9/11 covered and has done a terrific job paying tribute to those losses. I think with all the jazz music Spike has featured in his movies and the topics he's covered that portraying post-Katrina stories is a natural fit. A successful series down there, if it were filmed there, wouldn't be a plague of locusts but would probably create a number of production jobs and might lure others to do more filming down there again too.
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Spike Lee hasn't done anything interesting in the last ten years, and then when Katrina hits suddenly he's a star again.



Why not make a show about the aftermath of 9/11? Why not make a show exploiting all of the other worlds great tragedies? (But, you know, one that isn't the news)



Spike Lee should be ashamed to be riding on Katrina's coattails and I for one will not watch this. Just like the World Trade Center movie, this is exploitation at its finest. Only instead of promoting terrorism, this promotes natural disasters. It sends the message of, "Come on, Mother Nature... Do your worst! Destroy all of our cities! We don't care, 'cause Spike Lee will make a show about it! Who knows, maybe it can even rejuvenate Stephen Spielberg's career!" I lived through Katrina. And Hurricane Rita. And I say that the less we encourage natural disasters of that sort the better.



Remember when Invasion first aired and people said it was in poor taste to show the hurricane scenes right after all those hurricanes hit Florida? Well, tell me... How is this any different? Except it's not fiction- like Invasion was. This is really making people remember things they'd just as soon forget, as well as they'd never want to go through again.



But it's okay. Send down a plague of locusts. It's all right. It's only a freak hail storm. If it can get an old writer's career off the ground again, do it up.
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This is great news, Spike has been making some great out of pattern dramas of late.
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This sounds interesting. I think Spike could make a good drama series.
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