Spike Lee is shopping for financing for his next film, a comedy called “She Hate Me.”
As Lee talks with UGC and distributors to fund the film, he’s lining up Anthony Mackie to star with Nia Long, Whoopi Goldberg and Jim Brown. Lee is also talking to Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson to take part.
In the pic, a Harvard-educated biotech exec (Mackie) gets fired when he blows the whistle on his bosses. He supports himself by impregnating high-powered lesbians. One of those is an ex-girlfriend (Long).
Lee wants Goldberg and Brown to play Mackie’s parents. The WMA-repped director hopes to shoot in the fall.
Lee discovered Mackie and put him into “Sucker Free City,” a Showtime series Lee is exec producing. Mackie, who graduated from Juilliard in 2001 and has been guided by Inspire Entertainment, will follow Lee’s film by starring in the indie pic “Haven.”Mackie will follow that turn by heading to Broadway to star in “Drowning Crow,” being produced by Manhattan Theater Club.
Meanwhile, Lee is also negotiating with ESPN; hopes are that he will help boost the net’s original programming effort via a basketball series to be based on his pic “He Got Game” (Daily Variety, Aug. 5). He is likely to direct the pilot.