Update: Spike Lee may have misspoke about the specifics, as his film project is not part of the 30 For 30 series. The project is part of Lee’s “Spike Lee’s Lil’ Joints” ESPN Films series and will be titled, 2 Fists Up. It will be released digitally on May 31.
Earlier: On the field, 2015 was not a banner season for Mizzou football. Off of it, the Tigers were involved in one of the most interesting stories of the year. Mizzou football joined in a protest by campus group “Concerned Student 1950,” which protested a string of racially-charged incidents on campus, boycotting play until school president Tim Wolfe resigned. The Tigers did not miss any games, but the threat seemed real, and added significant weight to the campus-wide initiative.
Now, according to a report by Indiewire, Spike Lee is directing an ESPN 30 For 30 documentary about the boycott. The tidbit is included in an article about a student-made documentary that Lee is borrowing footage from:
A surprise guest in the audience was Spike Lee, who Indiewire has learned is interested in using some of the footage from the documentary for his own ESPN 30 For 30 project about the Missouri football teams’ role in the protests.
The 30 for 30 series has featured a number of excellent college football documentaries. This one, helmed by an acclaimed filmmaker by Lee, promises to be a must-watch film.