Spike Lee to Remake Akira Kurosawa’s “High and Low” with Denzel Washington
Renowned director Spike Lee has announced his collaboration with Denzel Washington, A24, and Apple TV+ to remake Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 classic police film “High and Low” (天国と Hell/High and Low). The film was originally adapted from American detective novelist Edward Burns’ novel “King’s Ransom,” which explores the antagonism and conflict between the rich and the poor.
This project marks the fifth collaboration between Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, following their work on “Inside Man” and “Malcolm X.” “High and Low” will be Lee’s latest directorial work after a prolonged absence from directing.
A24 will be responsible for developing and producing the film, in partnership with Escape Artists and Mandalay Pictures. Alan Fox and Spike Lee will co-write the script, while Lee’s production company, 40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks, will serve as executive producer. Apple Original Films will also finance the project. Notably, this film was not included in the multi-year contract signed between A24 and Warner Bros. Discovery last year.
The film is currently in the early stages of development, and no release date has been confirmed. Fans and film enthusiasts are encouraged to stay tuned for further updates on this highly-anticipated remake.