You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Spike Lee, Jordan Peele Team Up on KKK Crime Thriller ‘Black Klansman’

Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up on “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK.

“Ballers” star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to topline the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK.

Lee will direct and produce with Peele. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions are also on board to produce.

The movie follows Ron Stallworth, a detective in Colorado Springs, Colo., who in 1978 answered an ad in the local newspaper seeking new Klan members. He not only gained membership, but rose through the ranks to become the head of the local chapter. Stallworth, who is black, was able to gather all sorts of intelligence by pretending to be a white supremacist on the phone or via other forms of correspondence. He sent a white fellow officer in his place for any in-person meetings. During his undercover work, Stallworth managed to sabotage several cross-burnings and other activities of the notorious hate group.

Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz will adapt the script with Lee and Kevin Willmott.

QC’s Edward H. Hamm Jr. will serve as executive producer. Focus president of production Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie for the company.

Washington currently stars on the HBO series “Ballers.” He is repped by WME.

More Film

  • Alina Skrzeszewska, Director of 'Game Girls'

    Berlin Profile: Alina Skrzeszewska, Director of 'Game Girls' Doc Talks Skid Row

    Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up on “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK. “Ballers” star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to topline the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK. Lee will direct and produce with Peele. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, […]

  • NANCY

    Andrea Riseborough's Thriller 'Nancy' Sells to Samuel Goldwyn (EXCLUSIVE)

    Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up on “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK. “Ballers” star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to topline the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK. Lee will direct and produce with Peele. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, […]

  • Ridley Scott

    Ridley Scott Tells Aspiring Filmmakers They Have 'No Excuses'

    Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up on “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK. “Ballers” star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to topline the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK. Lee will direct and produce with Peele. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, […]

  • Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie

    Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie Biopic 'Radioactive' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up on “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK. “Ballers” star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to topline the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK. Lee will direct and produce with Peele. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, […]

  • ENT_LD_211116_02404m.jpg

    Berlin Film Review: '7 Days in Entebbe'

    Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up on “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK. “Ballers” star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to topline the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK. Lee will direct and produce with Peele. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, […]

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Gregg

    Variety Lights Up London Honours Bash with 10 Brits to Watch

    Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up on “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK. “Ballers” star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to topline the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK. Lee will direct and produce with Peele. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, […]

  • Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..Zuri (Forest Whitaker)..Photo:

    'Black Panther' Is A Legit Phenomenon, but Will It Be An Oscar Player?

    Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are teaming up on “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK. “Ballers” star John David Washington, Denzel Washington’s son, is in negotiations to topline the Focus film about the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK. Lee will direct and produce with Peele. Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content