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Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven & others in talks for Spike Lee's Chiraq

04.09.2015

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The Wrap has learned Spike Lee's next movie CHIRAQ will be for Amazon Studios (which is a big win for its film production arm), and the site is also reporting that Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common and Kanye West may star in the project.

There aren't any details on the plot for CHIRAQ, but the movie's title is an unflattering nickname for Chicago (Chicago + Iraq) due to the Windy City's recent increase in gun violence and crime rates. Jeremy Piven and Kanye West are both from the area and are in talks to join the film, however neither has a deal yet. No word on if Common has been officially cast in Lee's new movie, but Samuel L. Jackson is expected to cameo.

Spike Lee's last directorial effort DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS was funded through Kickstarter, and received mostly negative reviews from critics. JoBlo.com's Chris Bumbray called it "virtually unwatchable" in his review, but I still think Lee has a few good movies left in him, and I'm interested in learning more about CHIRAQ.

Samuel L. Jackson will be back as Nick Fury in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, while Jeremy Piven can be seen next on the big screen in the ENTOURAGE movie, which is set to hit theaters on June 5, 2015.

Source: The Wrap

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8:52AM on 04/10/2015
I'll hold off on praising this as some sort of career resurgence, but I would like to say that (Kanye aside) that's a pretty talented cast on par with Lee's '90s work.
I'll hold off on praising this as some sort of career resurgence, but I would like to say that (Kanye aside) that's a pretty talented cast on par with Lee's '90s work.
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5:17PM on 04/09/2015

Just to clarify

There has not been an upswing in violence in Chicago recently. Violence has actually gone down. It's just that reporting on it has increased in order to bring light to it in an effort to force even more change away from violence. I worry that Spike Lee's efforts are going to hinder that a bit, as some of the youth in the city see the title Chiraq as a misplaced point of pride.
There has not been an upswing in violence in Chicago recently. Violence has actually gone down. It's just that reporting on it has increased in order to bring light to it in an effort to force even more change away from violence. I worry that Spike Lee's efforts are going to hinder that a bit, as some of the youth in the city see the title Chiraq as a misplaced point of pride.
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