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HBO deliver knockout blow to Spike Lee's Da Brick

Spike Lee on the set of Inside Man

Story by Jack Foley

DA Brick, the Spike Lee/Doug Ellin-produced boxing drama that was to have starred Attack The Block‘s John Boyega, is not moving ahead at HBO.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the premium cable network has passed on the show, which was described as a contemporary exploration of what it means to be a young, black man in a supposedly post-racial America.

Boyega would have played a character named Donnie, who after his release from juvenlie detention on his 18th birthday, sets about becoming a man and taking responsibility.

Mike Tyson, upon whose upbringing much of Da Brick was said to have reflected, was attached as a non-writing executive producer, as was his wife, Lakiha.

Lee would have directed the pilot with John Ridley on board to write and serve as showrunner.

HBO’s decision comes a week after the network passed on Ellin’s 40, a comedy pilot about a group of guys exploring life after 40. That was to have starred Ed Burns, Michael Rapaport, Michael Imperioli and Adrian Pasdar.

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