Spike Lee to Direct Film Version of David Byrne’s “American Utopia”

David Byrne at Leeds Arena with his "American Utopia" tour in 2018. Photo by Shutterstock (9939826j)

Participant has announced that Spike Lee will direct a filmed version of the acclaimed Broadway show David Byrne’s American Utopia. 

“Pinch me. This couldn’t have worked out better for this project,” Byrne said in a statement. “Spike Lee directing and Participant producing — two socially engaged teams, well, three if you count us in the band, coming together in what I feel will be something moving, important, and unlike anything anyone has seen before.”

Participant CEO David Linde added, “American Utopia is a true celebration from a great artist and a beautiful reminder to our nation that we are all born barefoot and wearing the same suit. We are incredibly excited to work with Mr. Byrne and the incomparable Spike Lee, along with RadicalMedia, River Road and Warner Music Group in bringing this one-of-a-kind event out of the theater to audiences around the world.”

The feature adaptation of the stage production, which opened in October, is planned for release later this year.