Spike Lee likely would be happier if the Yankees were in the World Series, but he’ll still be watching the Fall Classic.
The filmmaker and famously loyal New York sports-team fan tells Zap2it, “I love baseball, and the Tigers are a better team than the Yankees. Detroit has problems, so I know that in cities like that and New Orleans, this means a great deal to the people there. I wouldn’t mind if the Tigers win.”
FOX televises Game 1 of the Series between the Tigers and the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday (Oct. 24), and Lee also will be represented on television himself soon. His documentary “BAD25” — marking the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s “Bad” album, and now getting limited theatrical runs in such cities as New York and Los Angeles — will have a Thanksgiving-night TV debut in an edited version Thursday, Nov. 22, on ABC.
Currently in New Orleans making what he calls a “reinterpretation” of the South Korean melodrama “Oldboy,” with Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson heading the cast, Lee is pleased his modern-classic 1989 drama “Do the Right Thing” is a part of Universal Pictures’ 100th-anniversary celebration. It’s included in a boxed set of the studio’s classic films, getting both DVD and Blu-ray releases Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“Yeah, I did a lot of films there, under the regime that was led by my good friend Tom Pollock,” Lee reflects. “There was also ‘Jungle Fever’ and ‘Mo’ Better Blues’ and ‘Clockers’ and ‘Crooklyn.’ It was a different regime, though … and we never got the sequel to ‘Inside Man’ made there. That’s dead and stinkin’.”