Spike Lee’s Next Film with James Cameron?



UPDATE: Alcon has released a press release and Cameron will not be attached to produce. His company, Lightstorm Entertainment will still be a part of it however, with the team of Jon Landau and Rae Sanchini taking producing credits.

Spike Lee is in negotiations for his next film, and it looks like it may have Mr. Avatar James Cameron‘s name attached to it. A report from Deadline last night says Lee is looking to close a deal on Nagasaki Deadline, a thriller about a troubled FBI agent trying to thwart a couple of terrorist attacks on the US.


According to Deadline, that FBI agent “goes beyond obvious suspects to focus on theories that the crime is tied to historical events, as he races against the clock.” So….like Jack Bauer a little bit? Maybe minus the torturing?

Alcon Entertainment is financing the deal, and there are a number of names listed to produce, but none bigger than James Cameron. Joining Cameron from his Lightstorm Entertainment company is Rae Sanchini, and Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are also attached. The film has had a complicated history itself. It originated at Fox (like all Cameron films) but was discarded after 9/11. Alcon picked it up and had Martin Campbell set to direct, but he left to tackle The Green Hornet. Now it looks like it will be Lee’s turn.

This will be the first film for Lee since 2008′s Miracle at St. Anna. That was a bit of a complicated film, and certainly not seen by many. Nevertheless, that story about four black soldiers trapped in an Italian village during WWII was pretty potent stuff. Say what you will about Spike Lee, but the man can weave a story. I suspect this script must be pretty good if Cameron is lending his name to it.

There aren’t any casting details available yet, but we’ll keep you posted as new developments come along.