At the start of this year, Amazon announced it would start making original movies for theatrical release. Then a couple months ago, rumors started floating around that Amazon signed on Spike Lee to be the mastermind behind their first movie. Today we now have confirmation that Spike Lee is in fact making his upcoming movie Chi-Raq as Amazon Studio’s first major motion picture. The movie, whose title is a mashup of “Chicago” and “Iraq”, is set in Chicago and revolves around the city’s gun violence. When Amazon announced their new plans to make movies, they said Prime members can expect to stream their original movies, for free, within 4 to 8 weeks of their theatrical release. If they hold true on that timeframe, it will be one of the fastest cinema-to-stream transitions for a major motion picture to date.
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