Spike Lee buys Now The Hell Will Start

A real-life tale of a soldier gone native

Spike Lee has grabbed the rights to Brendan Koerner’s book Now The Hell Will Start, with plans to develop it into a film.

Koerner investigated the story of Private Herman Perry, a black soldier from Washington who, after killing one of his fellow soldiers, went on the run in the Burmese jungle during World War Two.

He ended up assimilating himself into the native tribal culture.

After tackling Miracle At St Anna, Lee is obviously into World War Two, but there’s no word on when the film will start, especially since he’s busy developing the Inside Man sequel.


In other Lee news, he tells Collider that his planned pic about the 1992 LA riots is officially on hold, thanks to studio finance issues.

"We didn't get the money that we needed to make the movie I wanted to make. How can you scale back the LA riots?!” he tells the site. “That's not the movie I want to make. The studio said, 'Scale it back.'  What's the point?"

[Source: THR/Collider]

Do you want to see Spike Lee tackle another World War Two pic? Or should he throw all his weight behind that LA riots pic?