‘She’s Gotta Have It’ to Become a TV Show


“It’s really about control, my body, my mind. Who was going to own it? Them? Or me? I’m not a one-man woman. Bottom line.”
-Nola Darling

Spike Lee’s very first film, 1986’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” is set to become a full-fledged TV show.

According to published reports, Spike Lee has partnered with Showtime to turn the film into a half hour weekly series.

The original film starred first-time actress Tracy Camilla Johns and revolved around her character Nola Darling, a sexually independent young woman who has her hands full juggling three different lovers.

At the time, the film was incredibly controversial and was slapped with an X rating by the MPAA.

The black community was none too fond of the film either and decried it for its depiction of sex and promiscuity.

Despite its detractors, the film has gone on to become a cult classic and I personally look forward to seeing who Spike casts in the role of Nola Darling and how much of the original concept he brings to the series.

Personally, if I could do a bit of casting of my own, I would hire “Sleepy Hollow” actress Nicole Beharie. Nicole is a very modern actress. I think she actually is from Brooklyn, the setting of the original film, and judging from her work in “Shame,” she’s not afraid to show off her goodies.

Click here to check out the film’s original trailer.


  1. I remember this movie when I was younger. My dad rented it and I had to “go in my room and watch cartoons”. Once I saw it when I got older I thought I was a great movie but not as raunchy as I thought/hoped it would be. As far as actress… If Rihanna was an actress I’d say her. I would even say Janet. It may be better to go with an unknown or an actual actress…

  2. The time is RIPE for this type of series. I welcome it. WELCOME IT, I tell you!

    As for casting, NO! I want Nicole to stay on Sleepy Hollow with Icky and Jennie and ‘nem! LOL

    Who to cast, indeed? Black woman, strong, sexy, in control…BRING IT. BRING IT.

    “I’m ready! I’m ready!”

  3. Lol, Kanyade. The time is right and it’s a classic from our community. I hope that it is done with a balance of fun, smarts, wits, and beauty, but is still fresh and with the times. You all know how I feel about those empty series of fabulous, catty, dumb scripts for dumb people. I hope it’s thought provoking and opinionated like the articles on this Site, which is why it’s my favorite.

  4. How about Tika Sumpter, she’s doing her thing with “the haves and have nots”. With a more intelligent script, she’ll be fabulous.

  5. Very interesting can’t wait to check this one out.

    I remember my friend loaned me this movie it was awesome.

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