Lee’s got some players for Showtime’s ‘Game’

Four more scripts ordered, show centers on S.F. gangs

HOLLYWOOD — Spike Lee has nabbed a handful of thesps to topline his Showtime pilot “S.F.C.” (formerly “The Game”).

Deals have closed for Laura Allen (“Mona Lisa Smile”), Ken Leung (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”) and newcomers Anthony Mackie and Ben Crowley to star in the cabler’s tentatively titled telepic/backdoor pilot. Casting is still under way for some key roles.

“S.F.C.,” from Lee and Sam Kitt’s 40 Acres & a Mule shingle, takes a multiethnic look at San Francisco street gangs. Alex Tse created and wrote the two-hour pilot, which goes into production this June as A Spike Lee Joint.

Showtime has ordered four more scripts of the project, which focuses on the tension among white, black, Latino and Asian gangs. Lee and Kitt will exec produce, while Tse will co-exec produce.

Lee has a longstanding relationship with Showtime, where he recently exec produced telepic “Good Fences.” He also hosted the cabler’s special “Reflections From Ground Zero” and directed the short “We Wuz Robbed,” part of Showtime’s “Ten Minutes Older” series.

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