Snipes to play James Brown
The director began developing the project in 2007, when it was reported that the Blade actor was in discussions to play the legendary soul singer.
Speaking to MTV News, Lee said the movie about Brown who passed away in 2006 will still go into production as planned
"We're doing it together," he said. "It's going to happen. He's my man."
However he insisted he will be using the Brown's real voice for the music as opposed to the trend of the lead actor performing their own interpretation
"That's just my personal taste. I know Joaquin Phoenix [as Johnny Cash] in Walk The Line did some of the singing. I'm a purist," he said.
Lee got into a feud with Clint Eastwood last year, when he accused the legendary filmmaker of under-representing black people in his recent war movies.