With Netflix dominating the streaming realm of original features, Amazon Studios has taken its first official step with Spike Lee’s new film Chi-Raq. Lee’s modern retelling of Aristophanes’ Greek play Lysistrata has been a part of Amazon’s impending rollout for awhile now, but today, the company formally announced Chi-Raq as well as providing some much-needed information on Lee’s latest venture.
As most are already aware, the film’s title draws comparisons between Chicago’s violent climate and war-torn Iraq. Teyonah Parris takes the lead as a woman who protests the rising black-on-black gun violence by going on a sex strike. Lee penned the script with Kevin Willmott, which has been described as Shakespeare-esque with a very "lyrical" style. Chi-Raq’s expanding cast includes Nick Cannon, Common, John Cusack, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, Jeremy Piven, and Dave Chappelle.
"We couldn’t have come up with a better film to launch our division in every which way. Chi-Raq makes no apologies and dares to shock,” Amazon’s chief of movie production, Ted Hope, said in a high risk instant boat loans. “Spike Lee is one of the most distinct and visionary filmmakers of our time.”
Amazon’s current plan is to release the film to theaters in December for a qualifying run, before officially opening after the New Year. As it will be for all of Amazon’s films, Chi-Raq will be available for Amazon Prime subscribers shortly after its theatrical release.
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