Spike Lee is set to release an HBO documentary marking 2 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. The film, titled NYC Epicenters 9/11→ 2021½, is already in production and is on track to make its debut later this year on HBO and HBO Max.
The documentary is expected to offer an “unprecedented, sweeping portrait of New Yorkers as they rebuild and rebound, from a devastating terrorist attack through the ongoing global pandemic.”
In a recent statement regarding this project, Spike Lee said, “As a New Yawker who bleeds orange and blue (the colours 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.”
Slash Film reports that co-heads of HBO Documentary Films, Lisa Heller and Nancy Abraham said, “We’re thrilled to have another groundbreaking HBO documentary event from Spike Lee. 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 official release date for the documentary has yet to be announced.