Spike Lee is celebrating his recent award success by heading to Netflix. The director’s next project will be a Vietnam-set story called Da 5 Bloods. For his first foray into making a film for the streaming service, Lee has brought on Chadwick Boseman to star. Da 5 Bloods will follow the lives of veterans of the Vietnam War who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence. Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are also in talks to join the cast.
Lee is nominated for Best Director (for the first time in his long career) for his film BlacKkKlansman. Meanwhile, Boseman had a breakout 2018 playing T’Challa, the lead character in the Best Picture-nominated Black Panther and a major part of the mammoth team-up film Avengers: Infinity War. This new film Da 5 Bloods is expected to go into production following the end of both Lee and Boseman’s awards years following next weekend’s ceremony. (Lee’s future Netflix compatriots are also nominated in multiple categories BlacKkKlansman is nominated for, including Roma in both Best Picture and Best Director, and the Coen Brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in Best Adapted Screenplay.)
Lee is no stranger to streaming, whether as a director or executive producer. His 2015 film Chi-Raq was a first for then newly created Amazon Studios, debuting on the platform during the end-of-year awards push. Lee also has an existing relationship with Netflix, having helped bring his film She’s Gotta Have It to the service as a series adaptation. After debuting on Thanksgiving 2017, the show has been renewed for a second season, likely to be released later this year.
Da 5 Bloods will also reunite Lee with co-writer Kevin Willmott, who previously worked in the same role on both BlacKkKlansman and Chi-Raq. Willmott is also nominated for an Oscar at next Sunday’s ceremony.