NEW ORLEANS ― Spike Lee’s classic 1986 film “She’s Gotta Have It” is being adapted into a Netflix series, and the first official look at the show dropped this weekend at the Essence Festival.
The film followed a young black woman ― played by Tracy Camilla ― who is busy juggling life, school, friends and lovers in Brooklyn, New York. It instantly became a cult classic and grossed more than $7 million at the box office. Now, the film is now being transformed into a 10-episode series that follows the same story but has a new cast, including DeWanda Wise, Anthony Ramos, Cleo Anthony and Lyriq Bent.
“‘She’s Gotta Have It’ has a very special place in my heart,” Lee said about the film, according to Deadline. “We shot this film in 12 days [two six-day weeks], way back in the back back of the hot summer of 1985, for a mere total of $175,000.”
“We are getting an opportunity to revisit these memorable characters who will still be relevant and avant-garde three decades later,” he wrote.
Lee directed all 10 episodes; his wife, Tonya Lee Lewis, served as executive producer of the series. It is expected to be released on Netflix this Thanksgiving.
Catch the sneak peek in the video above.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the release date for the original film. “She’s Gotta Have It” debuted in 1986.