Spike Lee and Jordan Peel have teamed up to create a thriller about the Ku Klux Klan.
John David Washington, son of Denzel and one of the stars of Ballers, is being considered for the lead in the film, which is based on "the true story of an African-American police officer who infiltrated the KKK". During his sting operation, Stallworth enrolled as a member, and rose through the ranks of the KKK, despite being a black man.
Lee, of course, is known for creating films that bring attention to social issues and race relations, dating back nearly 30 years with Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, and Malcolm X; Peele generated similar conversations with his box office hit Get Out. During his work undercover, Stallworth was able to sabotage several cross-burnings and other activities that the hate group had planned.
Relative newcomers Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz are adapting the script with some help from Lee, who will direct the film. Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, the studio behind Peele's breakout hit Get Out, will also produce.
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In 2014, Stallworth published a book called Black Klansman in which he detailed his experiences. Peele's Monkeypaw Productions company will produce the film.
QC's Edward H. Hamm Jr. will serve as executive producer.
According to THR, Lee and Peele have been working on "Black Klansman" for at least two years.
Lee has often tackled race relations with movies such as Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X while Peele's Get Out generated plenty of conversation as the White House was changing occupants.
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