Filmmaker Spike Lee: Christopher Columbus Was a 'Terrorist'

Chadwick Boseman and Spike Lee

Chadwick Boseman and Spike Lee

Oscar hopeful Spike Lee has teamed up with Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman for a new Netflix flick and 2019 is well and truly shaping up to be a good year for film.

"To quote my brother Jay-Z from Da People's Republic of Brooklyn 'On to Da Next One, '" Lee said.

Scripted by Lee and Kevin Willmott, it's based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson & Paul DeMeo, with a rewrite by Matthew Billingsly.

Sources expect production to begin as early as next month once Lee's Oscar campaign on "BlacKkKlansman" has officially wrapped up. Lee is producing the film with Jon Kilik, Beatriz Levin and Lloyd Levin. "Da 5 Bloods" would mark Lee's first directing gig for Netflix as the streaming giant continues to draw high-profile talent.

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"BlacKkKlansman" director Spike Lee made reference to explorer Christopher Columbus during an interview Wednesday morning by describing him as a "terrorist" and saying that he thinks the United States needs to be truthful about the country's past. Delroy Lindo ("Broken Arrow", "Malcolm X") and Jean Reno ("Ronin", "The Da Vinci Code") are set to co-star with Boseman.

30 years after his magnum opus Do The Right Thing was overlooked by the Academy, his latest project BlacKkKlansman has suffered the same fate, but Spike Lee is taking things in stride because, in his estimation, he doesn't need the validation of a governing body to stay in his creative bag.

Speaking of box office success, Boseman is coming off of Black Panther, which grossed $700 million stateside en route to becoming the third-highest grossing domestic release of all time. He's up next in STX's action thriller "17 Bridges" which hits theaters July 12. He's repped by APA, while Lee is repped by ICM Partners.

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