The very mention of Spike Lee, I find, elicits a whole galaxy of reactions from movie goers that typically ends up at one polar extreme or the other. His directorial style is said to be bossy and he can tackle some topics on the grungier side of The American Dream, but even critics have to respect his efforts to get Malcolm X to the screen in 1992. It's been a couple of years since Lee had a film in theaters, 2008's Miracle at St. Anna, but the director's been out there, lurking, apparently waiting for the right script to come along. Well, Deadline's reporting that Lee has found his script in Nagasaki Deadline, an action thriller that's been quietly shuffling its way through the back channels of Hollywood for the better part of a decade.
The story of Nagasaki Deadline revolves around a struggling FBI agent who's staring down the barrel of an upcoming terrorist plot on American soil and believes that the key to unravelling the mysteries behind the scheme rests in important historical events. With Alcon Entertainment financing and James Cameron and Jon Landau's Lightstorm Entertainment behind production this is shaping up to be the largest project Lee's ever worked on and it'll be interesting to see how it stands up against his previous--very good, might I add--thriller, Inside Man.