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Kanye West Dismisses Reports That He’ll Be Appearing in Spike Lee’s ‘Chiraq’

Kanye West Dismisses Reports That He'll Be Appearing in Spike Lee's 'Chiraq'

UPDATE: “Contrary to published reports, Kanye West will not be starring in ‘Chiraq.’ However, there are discussions for West’s possible involvement in the film’s soundtrack, schedule permitting,” Kanye West’s representatives have informed Pitchfork today.

This comes after yesterday’s revelation that, “Chiraq” will be Spike’s retelling of the ancient Greek comedy “Lysistrata” – in short, the women of Greece refused to have sex with their husbands, all in an effort to bring an end to the Peloponnesian War, via the signing of a peace treaty. In Spike’s film, the story will center on a woman’s quest to end gang warfare in Chicago, likely via similar methods as used by Lysistrata; i.e., no sex for the brothas in the middle of the gang war, until the violence ends… and it all unfolds as a musical comedy.

Despite much criticism and also attempts to stifle production of the film, all systems are apparently still “go” for Spike Lee’s “Chiraq.”

Leading producer/financier and international sales agency IM Global will be taking the project to the Cannes Market to shop it to international buyers, says Screen Daily in an exclusive.

The magazine also calls the film a comedy musical (up until today, we’ve known it to be a dark comedy). But whether “Chiraq” will be a straight musical, or a dramedy first, with 2 or 3 musical numbers in it, Screen Daily doesn’t reveal.

Also, Jennifer Hudson has been added to the cast, joining the previously announced Kanye West, Common, John Cusack and Samuel  L. Jackson, who were said to be in talks for roles.

With IM Global taking the project to the Cannes Market later this month, I expect further details about it will be revealed.

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