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Amazon Has Its First Original Movie

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq stars Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 15, 2015 11:43 AM CDT
Amazon Announces Its First Original Movie
Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee's new film, "Chi-Raq" as its first Amazon Original Movie.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Amazon Studios says it has acquired Spike Lee's new film as its first Amazon Original Movie. The film, with the working title Chi-Raq, stars Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Jennifer Hudson, Teyonah Parris, DB Sweeney, Harry Lennix, Steve Harris, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson. Chi-Raq, which focuses on violence in inner-city Chicago, was shot entirely in the city and wrapped last week. Amazon Studios' Ted Hope says "It would be impossible to find a better filmmaker" than Lee to launch the studio with. Amazon Original Movies aims for theatrical release, as well as distribution among Amazon Prime members. (Meanwhile, it's Prime Day.)

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