According to Deadline, the critical acclaimed American Utopia stage show produced by Talking Heads mastermind David Byrne will be getting adapted into a film version to be directed by legendary director Spike Lee. The show is currently on Broadway and will be ending in February, so assuming that the filming will take place between now and then.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Spike Lee has signed on to direct a filmed version of the acclaimed Broadway show David Byrne’s American Utopia. Participant adds another title to its portfolio of films meant to engage positive social change, as it will be lead financier and executive producer for the project. It is financing the film with River Road Entertainment and Warner Music Group.
RadicalMedia are on as the production company, as well as both David Byrne’s Todomundo and Spike Lee’s Forty Acres and a Mule Filmworks companies.
Byrne was quoted as saying the following about the upcoming project: “Pinch me. This couldn’t have worked out better for this project. Spike Lee directing and Participant producing — two socially engaged teams, well, three if you count us in the band, coming together in what I feel will be something moving, important, and unlike anything anyone has seen before.”
David Byrne remains one of the busiest men in the art world and is lending his efforts to a new museum and exhibit opening in Denver later this year. Can’t wait to see what else is coming in 2020.