Spike Lee, who has made some of the most thought-provoking movies ever–including "Do the Right Thing," "Malcolm X," and "Summer of Sam"–has not made a theatrical feature film in three years, but it’s not from lack of trying.
One project he’s tried to get off the ground is a sequel to his 2006 success "inside Man."
According to our friend Marisa Guthrie, reporting for The Hollywood Reporter, Lee, who made his remarks at the PromaxBDA convention in New York on Thursday, June 30, 2011, said, " ‘Inside Man’ was my most successful film,’ he said, adding that he had [Denzel] Washington and [Jodie] Foster [both of whom starred in the original] on board for the sequel. ‘But we can’t get the sequel made. And one thing Hollywood does well is sequels. The film’s not getting made. We tried many times. It’s not going to happen.’"
The reason Lee can’t get any feature films made these days–including a sequel to "Inside Man"– the story says, is that "he’s been unable to secure financing." Lee added, the article notes, "First of all, what in this world does not revolve around money? But money is a big part of film, unlike a lot of other art forms.”
The story explains that "Lee’s comments came during a free-wheeling Q&A session with public television’s Charlie Rose at PromaxBDA, the annual marketing, branding and design conference here. Lee received the organization’s lifetime achievement award for his work in film and television, including a series of groundbreaking commercials for Nike…"