Amazon has been trying to edge into Netflix’s territory for a while now, and has finally plucked up the balls to make their own feature film, AND AND AND they got Spike Lee to direct it.
Chi-raq is the name of the film and it’s a retelling of the story of Lysistra, but set in Chcago’s south side. It follows a woman who goes on a sex strike to protest black on black violence. And the cast is big, it includes; Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.
Amazon is planning on producing 12 films a year, but no other films have been announced. Chi-raq is set to debut in December.
Also, just in case you aren’t hip to the hop in urban dictionary chiraq is a word that is used to describe Chicago because of its violent history and crime rate. (Look at Babble…. gettin’ everyone’s LEARN on! BOOM!)
You know what I said to myself when I read this. I just nodded my head and pursed my lips and said, “Huh.” That was it.
NOTE: Thanks To Gary C. for spotting the EPIC misspell. It is INDEED Lysistrata and not Lysistra. “Bang on good sir!”