Director Spike Lee announced he has begun working on a sequel for his 1988 musical drama School Daze, his sophomore effort that explored the socio-politcal issues surrounding life at historical black colleges and universities.
In a conversation with Black&Sexy.TV on Saturday night, the filmmaker said the second installment would take place 25 years later and he hoped to get actor Laurence Fishburne to reprise his role as “Dap,” who now is the president of Mission College.
Here’s an excerpt of Lee’s announcement:
“I had the script for [the sequel] to School Daze, a contemporary version, same school, 25 years later. Hopefully I can get Laurence Fishburne to play Dap. He’ll be the president now of the school. It would deal with issues in HSBCUs today, some of the same stuff from the last film, like the pledging process. But also lots of new stuff like homophobia,it’s a big subject in it. Class issues, color, hair texture, but it’s stuff happening today.”
It would be interesting to see what Spike Lee’s take on a modern version of School Daze would be. But one has to wonder if the She’s Gotta Have It director can raise funds to get the project off the ground, since he seems to be short of funding sources these days.
As previously reported, Lee is attempting to raise $1.25 million on Kickstarter.com for an unnamed project. The campaign has raised over $360,000 to date, with 23 days left to reach the goal. It was the main topic of discussion between the director and the Black&Sexy TV crew.
Below, is Spike Lee’s talk with Black&Sexy TV. Fast forward to the 10-minute mark to see his School Daze sequel revelation: