Fresh off of the release of his critically acclaimed Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods, prolific filmmaker Spike Lee is returning to HBO for his next project.
HBO will air a filmed version of the Broadway show David Byrne’s American Utopia. This filmed version of the stage concert, which was directed by Lee during its run at the Hudson Theater, is set to premiere later in the year. The project will be executive produced and financed by Participant, River Road Entertainment and Warner Music Entertainment.
“David Byrne’s American Utopia is a uniquely transformative experience and a perfect example of how entertainment can bring us together during these challenging times,” HBO Programming executive vice president Nina Rosenstein said in a statement. “Spike’s brilliant direction adds a level of intimacy to this powerful performance, and we’re so thrilled to share this groundbreaking show with our audience.”
“Spike and I have crossed paths many times over the years, obviously I’m a huge fan and now finally here was an opportunity for us to work together,” said Byrne. “I am absolutely thrilled with the result. The Broadway show was a wonderful challenge as well as an opportunity – it was a joy to perform and, well, best to let the quotes speak for themselves. Thrilled that this show and the subjects it addresses will now reach a wider audience.”
“It is my honor and privilege that my art brother, Mr. David Byrne, asked me to join him in concert, to invite me into his magnificent world of American Utopia,” said Lee. “And dat’s da ‘once in a lifetime’ truth, Ruth. Ya-dig? Sho-nuff. Peace and love. Be safe.”
The acclaimed Broadway play features Byrne and several musical artists performing songs from his 2018 album of the same name.
Lee is currently riding high on the critical acclaim of his latest Da 5 Bloods. The feature film, which stars Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors, currently stands at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.