The 61-year-old Hollywood legend – who has helmed documentaries about Michael Jackson and Pavarotti – has worked on almost every genre possible, but making a “straight out singing and dancing” movie is still on his bucket list.
“I mean, there are many musical elements in my films already, but this one I want to do straight out singing and dancing, beginning-to-end high-stepping, wailing musical.”
Spike is no stranger to combining music with film.
The ‘Malcolm X’ helmer’s most recent project saw him direct a music video for Prince’s previously unreleased track ‘Mary Don’t You Weep’.
The song features during the end credits of Spike’s movie, ‘BlacKkKlansman’, and the filmmaker decided to create a video that features scenes and stills from the film.
The clip includes real-life hero Ron Stallworth – who is played by actor John David Washington – fighting for civil rights, and Topher Grace as the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.
It ends with a photo of Spike – who directed the singer’s ‘Money Don’t Matter 2 Night’ video in 1992 – and Prince sitting courtside at a basketball game in 1998.
Meanwhile, the legendary director previously revealed how Prince’s unreleased track came to feature in his movie.
He shared: “I knew that I needed an end-credits song. I’ve become very close with [Prince estate advisor] Troy Carter, one of the executives at Spotify.
“So I invited Troy to a private screening. And he said, ‘Spike, I got the song.’ And that was ‘Mary Don’t You Weep,’ which had been recorded on a cassette in the mid-’80s.”
Spike, 61, believes the song is the perfect fit for his movie.
He said: “Prince wanted me to have that song. I don’t care what nobody says. My brother Prince wanted me to have that song. For this film. There’s no other explanation to me.
“This cassette is in the back of the vaults. In Paisley Park. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it’s discovered? Nah-uh. That ain’t accident.”
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