Netflix Picks Up ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Remake


‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Remake Should Totally Star Nicole Beharie

Netflix has given the go ahead to the long-delayed remake of Spike Lee’s 1986 cult classic She’s Gotta Have It. According to published reports, the streaming channel has put in a 10-episode order, which they hope to have ready for a fall 2017 debut. Lee will direct all 10 episodes, while his wife, who Lee says came up with the idea to turn the film into a series, will act as executive producer.

She’s Gotta Have It was Spike’s first film and revolved around protagonist Nola Darling, a sexually liberated artist who has her hands full juggling three lovers. The film was made for less than $100,000, but went on to gross over $8,000,000 at the domestic box office. It was also one of the first mainstream films to be slapped with an X rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.

No word whether the series will be just as provocative, but I’m personally hoping it will. I’m also hoping my favorite actress, Nicole Beharie, is cast in the lead role. From the moment I heard about the remake back in 2014, I knew this would be an excellent vehicle for Nicole to shine on her own. I’m also pretty desperate to see her back on my TV screen every week.

Here’s hoping the Lees and Netflix really put some thought into the casting of Nola Darling. The actress has to be beautiful, charismatic, but also relatable to the audience. In other words, it has to be Nicole and only Nicole.

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  1. I love this idea. Plus the character is suppose to get an update. I can still see her living in Brooklyn but now she’s singing and dancing instead of being a painter. This has so much potential if they get good writers. So excited. Would love to se Nicole back on a television series as well.

  2. I went back and read your comments about Sleepy Hollow in other articles, and how I wish I had known about you when I first started this show! I started, I think somewhere around the end of Season 1 or beginning of Season 2. Although I am a black woman, I was completely ignorant of representation, tropes, and the like that affect characters/actors of color. I cannot say the same now. Had I known then what I know now, I would not have let myself get tangled up in this show. It has been a great disappointment, and what happened to Nicole Beharie and her character was completely unacceptable (this is mild compared to how I REALLY feel, but I lack the words to properly express my anger, disgust, and hurt). I am one of the people who rewatched on Hulu all day, letting it play in the background while I worked, and then watched again at night, to the detriment of all my other shows (Empire, Scandal, HTGAWM, etc., and MSNBC political reporting). I live tweeted and signed petitions. And April 8, an actress I had grown to admire greatly was forced by her network to say the words totally nullifying her character’s importance and life story. Abbie Mills was not even afforded a body, a SOUL of her own, nor even a tear, a kind word, or a proper gravestone and burial. It was the ultimate insult to the actress (further compounded by whisper campaigns from so-called “insiders” about “difficult actresses,” racist outbursts by parts of fandom, tone-deaf social media entries by those associated with the show, topped off with Dana Walden, the head of Fox entertainment, who just earlier had gushed over the wonderful team of Mison and Beharie, unable to even utter Ms. Beharie’s name at upfronts, not even being gracious enough to thank her for three years of hard work and dedication, but seeming to actually BLAME her departure on her, rather than the egregious treatment she received), character and her fans. They are now, after manipulating fans into campaigning and watching for Seasons 3 and 4, further disrespecting Ms. Beharie and her fans by erasing Abbie Mills from the show COMPLETELY, except on publicity material that works to their benefit. They are using the conventions to have the actors, including, painfully, Tom Mison, “spin” canon to where Ichabod and Abbie did not share a special connection, and Abbie was not the special Co-Witness designated by God as one of the two Witnesses who will prevent the Apocalypse. They also appear ready to start a romance with Crane and either Diana, one of the new characters, or Jenny, Abbie’s sister. Their foulness knows no end. All this to say, Nicole Beharie has a supporter in me for life, not only because of the DREADFUL way she was treated by Fox, and continues to be, even beyond her character’s death, but because I saw her charm, grace, wit, and beauty, despite them trying to hide her shine, and I want her on my TV SOON and OFTEN. From Jacob’s Ladder to Shondaland (Jesse, intros, please?) to Marvel (Chadwick, ditto?), she brings a freshness and talent that, whether on the small or the big screen, is a joy to behold.

  3. Hi JM
    I totally know how you feel. I think most Nicole/Ichabbie fans do. We, more than anyone, worked to save that show when they were on the brink of cancellation after season two. I remember the writer/producers asking us to help promote the show because Fox wasn’t going to. They really used Nicole’s loyal fan base and then betrayed them in the most vile way and did it on purpose. A part of me is glad Nicole left the show, even though I do miss her character and her relationship with Ichabod and Abbie. However, I think Nicole has a lot to offer and I don’t think Sleepy was the vehicle to help her show off her amazing skills as a singer, dancer and actress. She needs better than Sleepy and I hope the right role comes along and she jumps on it. Nicole can be more than just the sidekick or the love interest. She can be the lead. She can carry a show. She just needs the right platform.

  4. This is ironic. I was just on the phone with my sister talking about the foul way NB and the true fandom were treated by tptb. The baiting was wrong and was done, knowing that Nikki was leaving, to get a 4th season. I told her I believe Fox has introduced 2 or 3 new shows with AA leads to bring us back until SH (or whatever they are calling the show now) comes back early 2017. Fox has lost me forever. I won’t be watching Empire or any other show they have on. I’m done with the network.

    I jumped the gun and told my sister, NB will be starring in Spike Lee’s “She’s Got ta Have It.” I’ll straighten that out when I talk to her again.

    Netflix is smoking these days. It has become a major player ever since its success with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. More AA need to look to Netflix, because it is the new frontier. Amazon and Hulu also have original programming. The networks are not the head honchos of media anymore. If you have a good product, you have a chance of seeing it to fruition in the new media.

  5. I wish I could put faith in Netflix, HULU and Amazon Prime Movies, but when I look at their original content, it doesn’t look much different than all the other stuff out there. I can’t think of one show on either streaming service that stars a black man or woman. I see the same color faces and quite honestly at this point I just pass it all by.

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