Magazine article Variety

Spike Lee

Magazine article Variety

Spike Lee

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'Nola Was Ahead of Her Time'

SPIKE LEE LAUNCHED his film career with the 1986 movie "She's Gotta Have It," about an artist named Nola Darling, juggling her friends, her job - and three relationships. Now the iconic film has been reimagined as a TV series for Netflix.

Why did you want to turn the film into a TV series?

It was not my idea - it was my wife's idea. Tonya had the vision. It was her vision. I said that's a good idea. Let's try to do it. It was just a matter of getting it set up [at a network]. But once she said it, it was like lightning.

Why was Netflix the right home for it?

They were the ones that believed it. Other places, they just didn't understand it, its cultural significance. They just missed it. It happens all the time.

What's changed since the film first came out?

I wrote the script in 1985, and it's been over three decades. Nola was ahead of her time. A lot of issues that affect women, particularly black women, are still here today That hasn't changed. There's some advances and stuff that's been stagnant, with women's reproductive rights. And particularly with this newest White House. Under Agent Orange, every day they're attempting to roll back the clock. Agent Orange has been on a mission to obliterate the legacy of Obama's eight years. …

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