Lee heading to Tuscany for 'Miracle'


ROME -- Spike Lee's latest film project, "Miracle at St. Anna," will start shooting in 2008 in Tuscany, backed by new production company On My Own created by veteran Italian producers Roberto Cicutto and Luigi Musini.

Rumors about a Lee project in Tuscany have circulated in Italy for weeks, heightened last month by news that the award-winning director would come to Tuscany in July to accept the 41st Fiesole Master of Film Prize, awarded in the village of Fiesole just outside Florence. The award is given to industry players for career achievements.

The film will be based on James McBride's prize-winning war novel of the same name, which tells the story of three U.S. soldiers who venture between the German lines and the squadrons of predominantly black U.S. divisions in World War II in Italy in order to rescue a fourth soldier.

The Fiesole prize will be the second time in less than a year that Lee was presented with a major honor in Italy: Last year, Lee's Hurricane Katrina documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" won two prizes at the Venice Film Festival.