Spike Lee Is Directing A Movie Musical About The Creation Of Viagra

In this week’s edition of “Huh??”, Spike Lee is making a movie musical about Viagra. Well, the creation of the famous erectile dysfunction drug by Pfizer, who have been in the news a lot lately for a very different treatment.

Deadline reports Lee will direct a musical film about the creation of Viagra, based on the David Kusher New Yorker article All Rise: The Untold Story of the Guys Who Launched Viagra. Lee co-wrote the script with Kwame Kwei-Armah, and it will feature music from Stew Stewart and Tony Award-winner Heidi Rodewald.

This is expected to be the next project for Lee, who has already had a busy year with Da 5 Bloods and American Utopia.

Here’s what Lee had to say on his motivation for telling this particular story and doing it as a musical:

“First And Foremost, I Thank Ms. Jacquelyn Shelton Lee. I Thank My Late Mother For As She Would Say Taking ‘My Narrow,Rusty Behind’ Dragging, Kickin’ And Screamin’ To The Movies When I Wuz A Nappy Headed Kid Growing Up In Da Streets Of Da People’s Republic Of Brooklyn. I Did Not Want To See Corny People Singin’ And Dancin’. I Instead Wanted To Play With My Friends On Da Block, Stoop Ball, Stick Ball, Punch Ball, Soft Ball, Basketball, 2 Hand Touch, Tackle Football, Coco Leevio, Johnny On Da Pony, Hot Peas And Butter, Crack Top, Down Da Sewer And Of Course-Booty’s Up. All The Great New York City Street Games That Might Be Sadly Lost Forever. My Father, Bill Lee, Jazz/Folk Bassist,Composer HATED HollyWeird Movies, Henceforth And What Not, Me Being The Eldest Of 5 Children I Became Mommy’s Movie Date. She Was A Cinefile. Thank You Lawdy She Didn’t Listen To My Ongoing Complaints About Musicals. So Finally Going Into My 4th Decade As A Filmmaker I Will Be Directing A DANCIN’,ALL SINGIN’ MUSICAL Spike Lee Joint And I Can’t Wait. My Moms Has Been Waiting TOO!!! And Dats Da Rodgers And Hammerstein Truth, Ruth.”

 

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