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Yo, Mookie! Will Oscar Nominee Spike Lee Adapt Do the Right Thing Into a Broadway Musical?

Yo, Mookie! Will Oscar Nominee Spike Lee Adapt Do the Right Thing Into a Broadway Musical?
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Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing' headed to Broadway?

If you ask us, it seems like Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee is always doing the right thing! Lee and the cast of his 1989 film Do the Right Thing recently came together for Entertainment Weekly magazine's annual Reunions Issue and discussed why the now-iconic drama about a Brooklyn neighborhood's simmering racial tension coming to a head on the hottest day of the summer still resonates with people. However, the real exciting news is that Lee also told Good Morning America that he is planning on bringing Do the Right Thing from Brooklyn to the Great White Way.

"We might be doing a Broadway musical of Do the Right Thing," Lee said. "I'll write it and I'll direct it, but I'm not in it. I'm too old to play Mookie." Ah yes, how could we forget up-and-coming screenwriter Lee’s performance as Mookie, a name fans still call him to this day? Do the Right Thing changed the careers of many of the actors in the film and could do the same if he brought it to Broadway. Oscar nominees Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro, Rosie Perez and Ruby Dee became household names as a result of the classic film.

"I wrote that script in 10 days," Lee said. "It just came. People are still talking about this film. That film took the world by storm." We're already dreaming up song titles for Lee's planned musical adaptation. Can't you imagine leaving the theater humming "Let Me Tell You the Story of Right Hand, Left Hand," "No, You the Man," "We're Gonna Boycott Your Fat Pasta Ass" and, of course, "How Come They Ain't No Brothas on the Wall?"?

Lee recently filmed the HBO film adaptation of Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. He earned Oscar nominations for directing Do the Right Thing and 4 Little Girls. Lee's many films include When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts, Inside Man, 25th Hour, He Got Game, Malcolm X, Crooklyn, Bamboozled and Jungle Fever. In 2009, he also filmed the Broadway production of the musical Passing Strange.

Watch Lee and Do the Right Thing's stars talk about the film below on GMA!

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