Relighting Spike Lee’s Most Popular Joint… Inside Man 2

Spike Lee

There are two Spike Lee’s.  The first is an occasionally obnoxious race-baiter who infuses racial commentary into everything he touches, directs films like Do the Right Thing and Jungle Fever, and hates Clint Eastwood.  The second is an extremely talented filmmaker who knows that race is just one part of the whole, directs films like Inside Man and 25th Hour, and still hates Clint Eastwood.

I kid.  Of course there’s only one Spike Lee, who like most of us, is equal parts good and evil, white and black, Gobots and Transformers… and it looks like he’s getting set to make his first sequel.  Inside Man is Lee’s most financially successful film, and probably his best work as well.  It was announced recently that he had signed on for an untitled follow-up to the Denzel Washington/Clive Owen hit, but nothing else was revealed.  Well you can relax now, as an early script review has revealed the sequel’s title… Inside Man 2.  That will probably change, unless they hope to catch some illiterate or dyslexic members of the audience when the film opens alongside Iron Man 2 in 2010.  Check out the full review for more details.

The script is written by Russell Gewitz, who also penned the original as well as the upcoming Robert DeNiro/Al Pacino film Righteous Kill.  Picking up a few years after the first film’s ending, Detective Frazier (Washington) and bank robber Dalton Russell (Owen) are forced into a reluctant partnership to catch the men responsible for a brutal robbery in NYC’s Diamond District.  Positives in the script seem to be the dialogue, humor, action, and tone, while the downside includes a convoluted finale, weak villains, and too much violence.  I myself am a fan of cinematic violence so I’m not clear what “too much violence” could mean… but to each their own I suppose.

The review comes via the fine folks at Gone Elsewhere.  I say fine, but honestly they could be bastards for all I know.  What I do know is that they’re turning into a nice source for early script peeks including Cameron Crowe’s upcoming and untitled Ben Stiller/Reese Witherspoon project and Gladiator 2 written by Nick Cave… yes, that Gladiator and that Nick Cave.  They also have a link to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Bastards script that has the internet all worked up in a frothy titter.

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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