Spike Lee has been working on and talking about his upcoming film, Chi-Raq, for a little while now and it looks like at least one outlet was listening. Amazon announced that they’ll be making the film their first original movie to be available on Amazon Prime.
“Spike Lee is one of the most distinct and visionary filmmakers of our time,” said Ted Hope, Head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon Studios. “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.”
“I’m honored to be part of the film that will launch Amazon Studios and to tell a story that is so important. Please don’t be fooled by the title of Chi-Raq, this new Spike Lee joint will be something very special. We have assembled a stellar cast,” said Spike Lee.
The film, which was shot in Chicago, takes an in-depth look at inner city violence and stars Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Common, Jennifer Hudson, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Basset with John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson.