Yesha Callahan

Spike Lee Talks School Daze Sequel

Spike Lee Talks School Daze Sequel

Spike Lee recently sat down with the crew from Black&Sexy TV to talk about his mystery Kickstarter campaign, which has raised over $355,000 of the $1.25 million goal.

But enough about a Kickstarter.

The most interesting part of the interview was Lee’s mention of a script he has for a sequel to School Daze! ┬áThis past February marked the 25th anniversary of School Daze, so it’s probably no coincidence that Lee has been sitting on a sequel script all this time.

Here’s what Lee had to say about the script:

“I had the script for [the sequel] to School Daze… a contemporary version, same school… 25 years later. Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap… he’ll be the president now of the school. It would deal with issues in HSBCUs today… some of the same stuff from the last film… like the pledging process… but also lots of new stuff… like homophobia… it’s a big subject in it… class issues, color, hair texture… but it’s stuff happening today.”

It would be interesting to see the route Lee would take to get this project financed, since he’s all about Kickstarter right now. One has to wonder why he didn’t choose this movie as a Kickstarter project.

You can view the whole interview below. The School Daze talk appears around the 10 minute mark.

 

  1. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    I’m actually glad he’s making a sequel to School Daze. I hope that he consulted with current and recent graduates of HBCU’s to help construct his script for the movie. It would also be nice to see what happen to the rest of characters in the original movie in this one too.

  2. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    I dunno about this…..it’ll be hard to capture the “magic” of the first one again. Will it still have that musical vibe that the first one had (Good and Bad Hair, I Don’t Want to Be Alone Tonight)? Debbie Allen’s choreography and all that (although I don’t think she’s doing much of that these days)? I’m not a big fan of sequels that aren’t really necessary, so I would really have to be sold on this. School Daze is in the top 10 of my favorite movies of all time

  3. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    I didn,t like the original so Im not looking for a sequel

  4. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    I guess we’ll all have to wait and see what happens. LOL. Smh. I really wish he would not. There has to be other stories out there he could tell.

  5. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    @Ray

    A lot of people said they didn’t like this movie and I’ve always wondered why. Do you care to elaborate on your opinion? I am not coming at you just wondering why some people didn’t like it or thought it was corny.

    • July 30, 2013 - Reply

      @geenababe

      Had it focused more on the political or real social issues, it may have made more box office dollars.

      I remember the promotions for it and it seemed to emphasize that dark/light skin issue. Sorry but in L.A., Black is Black even if one parent is white,Asian or Latino. I was told that the South has a different mindset but I saw this movie recently and wondered “Is Tisha Campbell really supposed to be THAT fine?” She’s always looked average but there were some good scenes that should be left alone.

    • July 30, 2013 - Reply

      @geenababe

      I remember on an episode of “In Living Color” they did a skit about Spike Lee and the movie “School Days”. In the skit someone said “I didn’t understand the movie, because I didn’t go to a Black college”.

      I think that is why some may not liked the movie because I had heard that myself.

      I loved it myself, giving that I was attending a Black college at that time. So much of that movie hit home for me, even recognized a few of the faces from the homecoming parade scene. Was in Atlanta when they shot the “Doing the Butt” dance scenes, we had decided not to go down and try get on as an extra.

      That being said, I am still trying to get through “Red Hook Summer” on Netflix(lol)…

    • July 30, 2013 - Reply

      @geenababe

      geen: And a lot of people loved it. Some people did, and some didn’t. That’s with all movies. It’s on DVD so perhaps you can check it out. FYI: I very seldom buy movies; I usually borrow them from my local library

      • July 30, 2013 - Reply

        @Pepper

        I did see the movie actually i just wanted to know why some may have not liked it since I have hear a lot of people say they didn’t

  6. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    Some things should be left as is, and I think this is one of them. While I always saw the movie as potential to be a great musical, a sequel may be hard to pull of even for Spike. What are they going to reveal? That most of the actors in the movie originally were old enough to play professors? I’d prefer a remake (even though I’m not fond of that) than a sequel since unfortunately many of the topics addressed at that time are still happening today.

  7. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    I think it’s a great idea for Spike to revisit School Daze… 25 years later. As he stated, a lot of the same issues still exist, sistas with natural hair, the politics behind pledging, students trying to find their identity and socail activism on campus. Also, classism. This could be a good thing. After all, School Daze and A Different World did help to spike (no pun intended) college enrollment among African-Americans in the late 80’s/early 90’s.

  8. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    “School Daze” was my favorite Spike Lee joint. I had recently graduated from an HBCU when it came out, so I could definitely relate. It was almost like being back on campus (or “the yard” in HBCU speak- LOL!)

    This is something I would support, especially if he gets Laurence Fishburne to return as “Dap.” I am interested to see what he does with it.

  9. July 30, 2013 - Reply

    I wouldn’t hold my breath on this project if I were any of you.

    My BFF went to Spelman. I went to visit her. Spike Lee was walking around campus with the student body president in the middle of the night. When he came into the dorm he told the students he was going to film the sequel to School Dazes at Spelman. That was in 2004…nine years ago. I remember it well because he signed my five dollar bill (the only paper I had at the time).

    I think Spike needs to face the cold hard truth: His time, unfortunately, has come and gone.

  10. August 1, 2013 - Reply

    what does the s stand for? never seen hSbcu before

  11. August 1, 2013 - Reply

    “School Daze” is still one of my favorite movies. A sequel, if done right, would be awesome.

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