Spike Lee to Direct New Musical Film About Viagra

Spike Lee has been set to direct a new musical film based on the story behind the creation of Viagra. According to Deadline, the screenplay for the movie will be co-written by Lee himself alongside British actor, director, and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. It’s said to be based upon David Kushner’s 2018 Esquire article ‘All Rise: The Untold Story of The Guys Who Launched Viagra’, whose summary reads:

“It’s been 20 years since VIAGRA HIT THE MARKET, forever changing men’s sex lives (and their partners’). But before the little blue pill that could became a staple of bedside tables and club-kids’ packets, the drug had to overcome resistance from Wall Street, M.D.’s Capitol Hill, and the Catholic church. Whose job was it to convince some of America’s most powerful institutions that all men deserved boners? Two guys. This is the story of how an unlikely duo popped the top on a $3-billion-a-year industry.”

The music for the as-of-yet untitled project will be penned by songwriting duo Mark “Stew” Stewart and Heidi Rodewald, who created the Tony-winning musical Passing Strange. Lee previously filmed a production of Passing Strange which was released in 2009.

Lee’s latest feature film, Da 5 Bloods, came out on Netflix earlier this year. He also filmed a production of David Byrne’s American Utopia, which premiered on HBO last month.

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