Spike Lee and Denzel Washington reunite for High And Low

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Spike Lee and Denzel Washington are set to re-team for a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 crime thriller High And Low.


Denzel Washington has recently finished up work on Gladiator 2 for Ridley Scott and we know that at some point, he’s set to play Hannibal in Antoine Fuqua’s take on the mighty conqueror – you know, the elephant-riding, Rome-conquering one whose name still rings throughout history.

We don’t yet know when Hannibal will go before cameras but we do now know it won’t be Washington’s next project.

Instead, Washington will be working with another key collaborator: Spike Lee.

The duo are set to make their fifth film together according to The Hollywood Reporter. What’s more, it’s set to be a remake of an Akira Kurosawa movie.

Apple Studios and A24 have joined forces to back the project with A24 putting the film out for theatrical release. Following that, High And Low will appear on Apple’s streaming platform.

Here’s the synopsis for the 1963 film: ‘a shoe executive is in the middle of a complex corporate takeover when his plans are derailed by the accidental kidnapping and ransom of his chauffeur’s son, instead of his own son.’ When everyday people are in trouble, cinema has proved time after time that there’s nobody more watchable in the act of rescue than Denzel Washington, so we’re here for this one.

Lee and Washington have made four films together previously, including Mo’ Better Blues, Malcolm X and He Got Game. Their last collaboration was 2006’s Inside Man.

High And Low is set to enter production in March and and will will mark Lee’s first feature since 2020’s stylish ensemble flick, Da 5 Bloods. That was a movie for Netflix, meaning we haven’t seen a Spike Lee film in cinemas for over half a decade now, the last one being 2018’s BlacKkKlansman. We’re sure you’ll agree, that’s far too long a wait so hopefully, either late 2024 or early 2025 will herald the arrival of High And Low. We’ll let you know more on this one as we hear it.

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