High and Low (upcoming film)

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High and Low
Directed bySpike Lee
Screenplay by
  • Spike Lee
  • Alan Fox
Based onKing's Ransom
by Ed McBain
Produced by
CinematographyMatthew Libatique
Distributed by
CountryUnited States

High and Low is an upcoming American crime thriller film directed by Spike Lee. It is an English-language remake of the 1963 Japanese film High and Low, itself loosely based on the 1959 novel King's Ransom by Ed McBain (Evan Hunter). The film stars Denzel Washington, Ilfenesh Hadera, Jeffrey Wright, Ice Spice, ASAP Rocky, and Dean Winters.[1]

High and Low is scheduled to be released by A24 for Apple TV+.



Alan Fox wrote the original script, and Denzel Washington came on board to star before Spike Lee became involved in rewriting the screenplay and directing the film.[4] In February 2024, the film was officially announced, to be produced by A24, Todd Black for Escape Artists, and Jason Michael Berman for Mandalay Pictures. Spike Lee is also an executive producer through his 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks production company.[5] Ilfenesh Hadera, Jeffrey Wright, and Ice Spice joined the cast soon after,[6][7][8] and principal photography began in New York City on March 4, 2024, with Matthew Libatique as cinematographer.[9]


The film is set to be released theatrically by A24 before it is available to stream on Apple TV+.[5]


  1. ^ "Dean Winters is seen on the set of "High and Low" in the Bronx on May..." Getty Images. May 31, 2024. Retrieved June 13, 2024.
  2. ^ Ruimy, Jordan (May 7, 2024). "ASAP Rocky Joins Spike Lee's 'High & Low' Remake". World of Reel. Retrieved May 7, 2024.
  3. ^ Spike Lee Instagram Filminy Wrap Post
  4. ^ Gardner, Chris (May 4, 2024). "Spike Lee and Giancarlo Esposito Reunite for Fiat Campaign, Talk Denzel Washington, Megalopolis and AI". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2024.
  5. ^ a b Stephan, Katcy (February 8, 2024). "Denzel Washington and Spike Lee Reuniting to Remake Kurosawa's High and Low With A24 and Apple". Variety. Retrieved February 8, 2024.
  6. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 18, 2024). "Ilfenesh Hadera Joins Denzel Washington In Spike Lee's High and Low For Apple, A24". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 18, 2024.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin; Grobar, Matt (March 19, 2024). "Jeffrey Wright Latest To Join Denzel Washington In Spike Lee's High And Low". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 19, 2024.
  8. ^ Stephan, Katcy; Lang, Brent (April 10, 2024). "Ice Spice Set to Appear in Spike Lee's High and Low With Denzel Washington (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved April 10, 2024.
  9. ^ Tangcay, Jazz (March 3, 2024). "Oppenheimer: Hoyte Van Hoytema Wins Top Honors at American Society of Cinematographers Awards". Variety. Retrieved March 4, 2024.

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