Spike Lee Doesn’t Love Michael Jackson That Much After All

Monday, January 24 by

It’s been reported in the past that director Spike Lee was working on a full-length drama (or, “joint”) entitled Brooklyn Loves MJ. Well now, according to The Playlist, the movie is “not happening.” The movie was set to ““examine the potential community impact of a tribute concert and neighborhood celebration in Michael Jackson‘s memory, as this fictional event might occur in a re-gentrified area of Brooklyn, New York,” and it was rumored to have Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Julianne Moore, and Rosie Perez among its cast.The project made sense since Spike Lee’s love of Michael Jackson is a matter of record.

I’m not the biggest Spike Lee fan in the world, but I respect him as a filmmaker and I think it’s a shame that a movie with that cast and him behind the camera is getting shelved. The article also says that Lee was visibly upset when he answered a question about the movie to the effect that it wasn’t going to happen, which is also a shame. I can’t stand to see Spike Lee upset! It’s not all bad for Spike though, since his next movie Nagaski Deadline is set to begin shooting soon.


  1. January 24, 2011 12:51 pm


    Bummer! Seems like a lot of original plans are gettin put on ice.

  2. January 24, 2011 12:51 pm


    Bummer! Seems like a lot of original plans are gettin put on ice.

  3. January 24, 2011 12:51 pm


    This is disappointing news if it is true. The cultural impact of Michael Jackson’s life, career, music, dance and his death definitely deserve to be the subject of a movie. Spike Lee seemed like the perfect director for such a film. I attended last years “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson” party in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in honor of what would have been Jackson’s 52nd birthday. It was an amazing, uplifting event filled with close to 50,000 people of all ages, races and walks-of-life. That was what Michael Jackson was all about and that is why he is so missed. This deserves a film and I for one hope that this can come to pass.

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