Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Exclusive: Spike Lee’s Wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, Producing Her First Film


Spike Lee’s house can now boast two movie producers. Spike is a famous director who’s exec producing an indie film this summer. Now wife Tonya Lewis Lee, a former corporate attorney and current powerhouse, is becoming a producer herself. Lewis-Lee is producer on a film adaptation of a novel called “The Watkins Go to Birmingham.” Her co-producer is Nikki Silver. And her director is the great Kenny Leon, of Broadway fame. “The Watkins” is said to begin shooting in early April. A casting call has gone out for the three young Watkins children as well as the parents, ages 35-40, all African American, as well as the Watkins grandmother, age 50 -65. I think Tonya Lee knows how to find Alfre Woodard on her own (hint, hint). Sounds like an interesting project. Can’t wait to see those Watkins move from Flint, Michigan to Alabama.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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