Spike Lee Set to Create 9/11 Documentary For 20th Anniversary

by Jamila Lizet White

March 4, 2021

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Spike Lee is teaming up with HBO for a multi-part documentary that will chronicle the aftermath of New York City and its residents 20 years after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

NYC Epicenters 9/11 → 2021 ½ is currently in production but will offer an “unprecedented, sweeping portrait of New Yorkers as they rebuild and rebound, from a devastating terrorist attack through the ongoing global pandemic,” states the logline.

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In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the Emmy-winning director is proud to have a ‘Spike Lee Joint’ about how his city dealt with being the epicenter of both the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a New Yawker who bleeds orange and blue (the colors of New York City), I’m proud to have a ‘Spike Lee Joint’ about how our/my city dealt with being the epicenters of 9/11 and COVID-19,” he said. “With over 200 interviews, we dig deep into what makes NYC the greatest city on this God’s earth and also the diverse citizens who make it so. Over centuries pundits and straight haters have proclaimed NYC was dead and stinkin’, only to be proved wrong. You will lose ya money betting against New York, New York. And dat’s da truth, Ruth. Be safe. Peace and love.”

NYC Epicenters will be directed and produced by Lee and is an HBO Documentary Films production in association with 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Set to debut later this year on HBO and HBO Max, the film will feature visual imagery and first-hand accounts from citizens “from all walks of life”.

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