Denzel Washington and Spike Lee to collaborate for first time in nearly 20 years on remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 movie High and Low

  • Movie is remake of 1963 film from famed late filmmaker Kurosawa
  •  Washington, 69, and Lee, 66, have past worked on four films together
  • They include Inside Man, He Got Game, Malcolm X and  Mo’ Better Blues 

Denzel Washington and Spike Lee will work together again, for the first time since 2006, on a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 movie High and Low.

Washington, 69, and Lee, 66, have past worked together on four films, including the 2006 crime thriller Inside Man, the 1998 sports drama He Got Game, the 1992 biopic Malcolm X and the 1990 musical drama Mo’ Better Blues.

The remake of High and Low will be a collaboration with A24, which will put the movie out in theaters; and Apple Original Films, which will release the movie globally via its AppleTV+ platform.

The film is not included as part of a deal A24 and the streaming service Max came to an accord on last year, insiders told Variety on Thursday.

Under the terms of its deal with Max, A24 films are featured during the timeframe known as the ‘pay one’ window, which encompasses the span when a movie is released via cable after its run in theaters and on-demand services, the outlet reported.

Spike Lee, 66, and Denzel Washington, 69, will work together again, for the first time since 2006, on remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 movie High and Low. The Oscar-winning filmmaker and actor were pictured at an event in LA in 2019 

The English-language remake of the Japanese crime thriller comes more than 60 years after Toshiro Mifune played the role of Kingo Gondo in the Kurosawa-directed crime thriller, which was based on the 1959 novel from Ed McBain, King’s Ransom.

The storyline revolved around a shoe company executive being extorted by kidnappers who mistakenly took the son of his driver and held him for ransom.

It was not immediately clear how the story and structure of the film would change with in the remade movie.  

Lee and Washington have remained friendly, as they sat with one another at a March 2023 game between Lee’s beloved New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Crypto.com Arena.

Lee’s last feature film came five years ago with the 2020 war drama Da 5 Bloods. The motion picture starred the late Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors. 

Washington has been seen on the silver screen in recent years in the 2023 crime thriller The Equalizer 3, which made more than $191 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. 

Prior to that, Washington starred in the 2021 film The Tragedy of Macbeth, garnering an Oscar nomination for his work in the Joel Coen-directed movie, which was also put out by A24 and Apple.

Washington has twice won Academy Awards for his work: For Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Glory in 1990; and for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Training Day in 2002.

Lee and Washington pictured last year at a Lakers-Knicks game at Crypto.com Arena in LA

Lee and Washington pictured last year at a Lakers-Knicks game at Crypto.com Arena in LA

Lee and Washington were pictured  in 2006 at the NYC premiere of their movie Inside Man

Lee and Washington were pictured  in 2006 at the NYC premiere of their movie Inside Man

Washington played the titular role in Lee's 1992 motion picture Malcolm X

Washington played the titular role in Lee’s 1992 motion picture Malcolm X

The English-language remake of the Japanese crime thriller comes more than 60 years after Toshiro Mifune played the role of Kingo Gondo in the Kurosawa-directed crime thriller, which was based on the 1959 novel from Ed McBain, King's Ransom

The English-language remake of the Japanese crime thriller comes more than 60 years after Toshiro Mifune played the role of Kingo Gondo in the Kurosawa-directed crime thriller, which was based on the 1959 novel from Ed McBain, King’s Ransom

Peter Guber is an executive producer on the movie, as other producers include Lee, Jason Michael Berman and Todd Black.

Black has past worked with Washington on movies such as Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Equalizer movie. 

Production on the motion picture, which was penned by Lee and Alan Fox, is slated to commence next month.

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