Stefon Bristol, who previously worked with Netflix on his directorial debut See You Yesterday, is collaborating with the streaming giant once again for his next project. The film will be titled Gordon Hemingway & The Realm Of Cthulhu, and boasts Spike Lee as a producer.
Set in East Africa in 1928, the film revolves around roguish Black American gunslinger, Gordon Hemingway, who teams up with the elite warrior, Princess Zenebé of Ethiopia, to rescue the country’s kidnapped regent from an ancient evil.
Bristol will direct from an original screenplay by Hank Woon, with additional revisions by Fredrica Bailey, who also co-wrote See You Yesterday alongside Bristol.
Lee is producing alongside Lloyd Levin and Beatriz Levin, who both also produced his latest Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods, and who both initially optioned the spec screenplay from Woon and presented the film to Bristol and Lee.
This project sounds intriguing. Bristol’s See You Yesterday was a well received, teenage-led science fiction film, so hopefully he can bring a similar energy here.
Lee also produced that film, and Bristol worked as an assistant to Lee while he was filming BlacKkKlansman, so obviously Lee sees a bright future for Bristol. Perhaps this is the beginning of a long and fruitful directorial career.
Bristol is also attached to direct Breathe, a sci-fi thriller set in the near future where air supply is scarce. That project is set up at Thunder Road Film.