Spike Lee reimagines Lysistrata for the screen.

Earlier this year, Spike Lee announced plans for Chiraq, a film in which Kanye West, Common, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Piven were being eyed to star. Now, Screen Daily reports that West and Jackson have signed on for the film, along with Jennifer Hudson and John Cusack.

Interestingly, Chiraq is described as a comedy musical that reimagines the ancient Greek play Lysistrata. In the original, the women of Greece withhold sex to stop a war; in Chiraq, the war has been replaced with Chicago gang warfare.

In addition, Amazon Original Movies is planning a theatrical release of the film. More as we have it. Update: A representative for Kanye tells Pitchfork that he won’t appear in the film, after all: “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.”



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