*Spike Lee is taking his talents to ICM Partners…less than two weeks after his agent Billy Hawkins exited CAA, reports Deadline.com.
The agency jump comes 25 years after the release of “Do The Right Thing,” the Spike Lee “joint” that landed Oscar nominations for Original Screenplay and put the helmer on the path to such vital films as “Jungle Fever,” “Mo’ Better Blues” and “Malcolm X,” which drew two more Oscar nominations.
The move also marks a return to the ICM fold, his home before moving to CAA.
Lee is as busy as ever now, and is in postproduction on “Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus,” a vampire pic for which he raised money via Kickstarter. His fundraising efforts on the site drew almost $1.3 million — and like the old days he pounded the pavement for the project, including appearances on CNN and CNBC to promote his campaign, saying, “I’m bringing people to Kickstarter who never even heard of Kickstarter.”
He’s also working on another feature documentary after successes in the genre with pics like 2006’s Hurricane Katrina film “When The Levees Broke.” He’s also at work on the doc “Go, Brazil, Go,” about that country’s economic rise.
His latest couple of feature films didn’t score big at the box office; November release “Oldboy” proved how tough it is to remake such a specific story as South Korean helmer Park Chan-wook’s suspense thriller that had become a cult classic. “Miracle At St. Anna” in 2008 was another box office miss.
Lee’s most recent work shows his diversity: the HBO doc “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth,” Sundance 2012 pic “Red Hook Summer,” the Michael Jackson docu “Bad 25,” Levees follow-up “If God’s Willing And The Creek Don’t Rise” and “Kobe Doin’ Work” about the Lakers great, Kobe Bryant.
Lee also is an author, professor and teamed with DDB Needham to create Spike/DDB, a full-service advertising agency.