Directed by : Spike Lee, Writing credits : Ron Stallworth, Spike Lee, Charlie Watchel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, produced by : Jason Blum, Marcei A Brown (executive), Matthew A Cherry (executive), Edward H Hamm Jr (executive), Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKrittick, Jordan Peele, David Rabinowitz, Shaun Redick, Win Rosenfeld (executive), Charlie Watchel, Universal pictures, cast : John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier, Topher Grace, Jasper Daakonen, Corey Hawkins, Ryan Eggold, Michael Joseph Durcemi, Paul Walter Hauser, Ashlie Atkinson, ..., music : Terence Blanchard,
"BlacKkKlansman (infiltrate hate)" appears as a come back for the African - American film director Spike Lee since the financial failure of "Miracle at Santa - Anna" (2008) because the producer TF1 has refused to sell the rights abroad for protecting itself from the critics. The BlacKkKlansman genesis begins when the producer Sean McKittrick brings to the film director and writer Jordan Peele the Ron Stallworth book. Jordan Peele wanted to make the movie but he decided finally to let Spike Lee do it because he understand that this story involves a high political level. Four writers among themselves we can find Spike Lee himself has written the script who follow the news (Charlotesville, Midterms elections, far right in Europe) with the fear that this movie could be a flop.
BlacKkKlansman is based on the memoirs written by the African - American police officer Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) who was the first police officer in Colorado state. He succeeded to infiltrate the klan for sabotaging meetings and avoiding a attempt. For protecting his coverage Stallworth spoke by phone or by using letters with the white supremacists and he asked to a White police officer (Adam Driver) to go the meetings when he should go there. Spike Lee mixes fiction with reality, humor with political commitment (speech against Trump policy, references to migrants rejections in Europe) and also tribute to the 1970's Blacksploitation movies. Spike Lee shows us that American society stay impregnate by racism in spite of the evolution (Civil Rights Act, Voting Right Act) payed by the murders of the main African - American political leaders (Martin Luther King, Malcolm X).
For the "BlacKkKlansman" casting Spike Lee has used the bluff. He looked for young actors and actresses ready to perform in a story they didn't know anything about. Some of them like John David Washington have already work with Lee but for the others the Lee choice's has involve few problems. Topher Grace for example who performs the klan leader should shout "white power" but he refuses to do it. Spike Lee advises him to think only about the movie topic. With "BlacKkKlansman" Spike Lee settles an account with the African - American people representation inside the American film making ("Gone with the wind", "Birth of a nation"). The Lee teachers at the University explain him that these movies show the way for film making but never speak about their racist content. Spike Lee rejects this vision and integrate pictures from "Birth of a nation" he puts in parallel with the African - American actor Harry Belafonte speaking about the Jesse Washington lynching in 1916.