Here's to you, Jackie Robinson.
There are so many directors with stories of films that never were made. It's sad to think of our favorite not having the chance to try and do something special.
Spike Lee has many projects that almost happened, but none I'd rather see more than his Jackie Robinson biopic. It was set to shoot in 1996 but never happened. Denzel Washington was going to star as Robinson, but he felt old for the part, and it sort of just fell apart from there.
Over the pandemic, Lee released the screenplay via his Instagram. And now, you can check it out.
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Lee said of the script in his video, “We’ve all had a lot of time to think about stuff, our life, what happened, what didn’t happen. And I began to think about one of my dream projects. I wrote a script for Jackie Robinson. I wanted Denzel to play Jackie, but Denzel said he was too old. And I pulled this script out of the vault. And so, I’m gonna share this script with you. And also—don’t worry about if you don’t like baseball, sports. This is a great American story. Never got made, but I wanna share this script with you… It’s the fifth draft, 1996… Hope you enjoy it. If you don’t, that’s all right, too.”
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