Denzel Washington & Spike Lee to Reunite After Two Decades for “High and Low”

Denzel Washington at the
Denzel Washington at the "Equalizer 2" premiere in 2018. Photo by A Perez Meca/REX/Shutterstock (9782159a)

Amazing things happen whenever Spike Lee and Denzel Washington join forces, and they’re finally getting ready to do it again. Almost two decades after their last collaboration, this amazing duo will reunite for the reimagining of Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 film High and Low.

Kurosawa’s film follows a wealthy executive who becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped by mistake and held for ransom. Lee’s upcoming English-language remake will be loosely based on the original and it’s been described as a reinterpretation.

Lee and Washington have been plotting their next collaboration since last spring but briefly tabled the idea in the face of the Hollywood disputes last year. This marks their first collaboration since Inside Man in 2006 and fifth overall, following the success of Malcolm X, He Got Game, and Mo’ Better Blues.

High and Low will also reunite Washington with A24 and Apple Original Films for the second time, following the success of The Tragedy of Macbeth. A24 developed the film alongside Escape Artists and Mandalay Pictures, and they’ll handle its theatrical release before its global launch on Apple TV+.

Spike Lee is coming on board as one of the executive producers through 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks banner, in addition to directing this project and co-writing it with Alan Fox.