Spike Lee and Denzel Washington Team Up for a Remake of Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low


A fifth Spike Lee and Denzel Washington ensemble is in the works, with the duo working together on a “reinterpretation” of Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low.

Kurosawa’s 1963 crime thriller follows a wealthy Japanese businessman who begins to question his morality after his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped. Production on the new film will begin next month and is part of a partnership between A24 and Apple Original Films, with the former distributing the film theatrically before it hits the Apple TV+ streaming service. Lee and Alan Fox will co-write the script, according to Variety.

As noted, Washington and Lee previously worked together on four other films. The most recent is the 2006 crime thriller Inside Man, with Washington in the lead role.

The announcement between the two distributors, Apple and A24, is interesting as the latter recently signed a multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Discovery to stream A24 films exclusively on HBO, Max and Cinemax. However, it is important to note that this film will not be coming to any WB Discovery platforms and will remain exclusive to the Apple TV+ streaming platform when its theatrical run concludes.

Editor’s note: The story has been updated confirming that the film will remain exclusive on Apple TV+ following its theatrical release.
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