According to Variety, Spike Lee will direct Chadwick Boseman in his Vietnam ensemble drama “Da 5 Bloods.” for Netflix. Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are also in negotiations to star.
Lee will also write the film with Kevin Willmott, based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson & Paul DeMeo, and rewrite by Matthew Billingsly. Lee will also produce with Beatriz Levin & Lloyd Levin, and Jon Kilik.
The film follows Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence.
“To quote my brother Jay-Z from Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn ‘On to Da Next One,’” Lee said.
The site states that sources expect production to begin as early as next month once Lee’s Oscar campaign on “BlacKkKlansman” has officially wrapped up. “Da 5 Bloods” would mark Lee’s first directing gig for Netflix as the streaming giant continues to draw high-profile talent. He also executive produces their TV adaptation of his film “She’s Gotta Have It.”
“BlacKkKlansman” is the filmmaker’s biggest domestic box office performer since 2006’s “Inside Man.”
For Boseman, whose “Black Panther” made box office history and landed a best picture Oscar nomination, his next film will be the STX thriller “17 Bridges,” bowing this summer.
Lindo and Lee collaborate frequently, with the actor having previously appeared in his films “Clockers,” “Crooklyn,” and “Malcolm X.”