Spike Lee's upcoming HBO project has been described as an "epic chronicle of life, loss, and survival" over the course of the last 20 years in New York City
Spike Lee will explore the 20th anniversary of September 11 attacks and the city that endured the devastating terrorist attack in a new HBO documentary series, titled NYC EPICENTERS 9/11→2021½.
HBO announced that Lee is set to direct and produce the series, which will offer an “epic chronicle of life, loss, and survival in the city of New York over the 20 years since the September 11 attacks. The multi-part documentary event will offer an unprecedented, sweeping portrait of New Yorkers as they rebuild and rebound, from a devastating terrorist attack through the ongoing global pandemic. Capturing the history through a staggering amount of visual imagery, and featuring first-hand accounts from a panoply of citizens from all walks of life, the documentary will debut later in the year.”
Lee said in a statement, "As a New Yorker who bleeds orange and blue (the colors of New York City), I’m proud to have a ‘Spike Lee Joint’ about how our/my city dealt with being the epicenters of 9/11 and Covid-19."
“With over 200 interviews, we dig deep into what makes NYC the greatest city on this God’s earth and also the diverse citizens who make it so. Over centuries pundits and straight haters have proclaimed NYC was dead and stinkin’, only to be proved wrong. You will lose ya money betting against New York, New York. And dat’s da truth, Ruth. Be Safe. Peace And Love," he added.
"NYC EPICENTERS 9/11→2021½" will be the latest collaboration between HBO and the "Do the Right Thing" director. He previously directed “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” “4 Little Girls” and “When the Levees Broke" for HBO.
“We’re thrilled to have another groundbreaking HBO documentary event from Spike Lee,” Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham, co-heads of HBO Documentary Films, said in a statement. “From documenting the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans to the 9/11 attack on New York City and beyond, we treasure Spike’s singular capacity to chronicle and pay tribute to the human toll of these historic events while bearing profound witness to the strength and resiliency of the human spirit.”
The four-episode series will premiere on HBO on August 22.
Watch the full trailer below: