Produced by Jordan Peele and Jason Blum (who brought us "Get Out"),"BlacKkKlansman" is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. "We can't be silent", Lee added, "so this film to me is a wake-up call".
Investigating the organization while undercover, Stallworth eventually climbed the ranks of the local chapter to become one of its leading members, sending a white officer in his place for in-person meetings when necessary.
Spike Lee, whose new film BlacKkKlansman premiered at Cannes Film Festival 2018 on Monday, enjoyed a warm reception at the film festival. That, of course, required the help of another fellow (white) cop, played in the film by Adam Driver, who steps into "play" Stallworth when it's time to meet the hate group. And based on some early reactions from Cannes, it just might be. The film also reportedly received a 10-minute standing ovation. It's one of these pieces of reality that nearly plays like social satire. The first BlacKkKlansman trailer dropped and it seems like law enforcement got the drop on David Duke's Ku Klux Klan.
While Peele initially considered directing the film himself, he eventually came to realize that Lee should be the director.
Lee was famously overlooked for the Palme d'Or in 1989 for Do the Right Thing, with the highest Cannes honor that year going to Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies, and videotape.