AceShowbiz - Following their racially-charged films "Get Out" and "Chi-Raq", filmmakers Jordan Peele and Spike Lee are teaming up for a new crime thriller about the Ku Klux Klan. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news, stating that the two black filmmakers are joining forces for the upcoming crime thriller called "Black Klansman".
John David Washington, Denzel Washington's son and "Ballers" star, is in negotiations to star in the dramatic crime thriller. Lee is on board to direct and produce the pic, with Peele producing through his banner Monkeypaw Productions along with Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment as well as Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions.
QC's Edward H. Hamm Jr. will serve as executive producer. Focus Features will be handling the distribution. Focus president of production Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie for the production company.
"Black Klansman" is the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado, who in 1978 answered an ad in the local newspaper seeking new Klan members. He not only gained membership, but rose through the ranks to become the head of the local chapter.
Stallworth, who is black, was able to gather all sorts of intelligence by pretending to be a white supremacist on the phone or via other forms of correspondence but sent a white fellow officer in his place for any in-person meetings. During his undercover work, Stallworth managed to sabotage several cross-burnings and other activities of the notorious hate group.
The film will be based on Stallworth's 2014 autobiography of the same name, with the screenplay adapted by Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz along with Lee and Kevin Willmott. No release date has been set just yet, but filming on the upcoming movie is expected to begin this fall.