Malcolm D Lee Net Worth: Malcolm D Lee is an American director, performer, producer and screenwriter with a net worth of $13 million. Malcolm began directing in the age of 12, where he had already known what he desired to become. His debut was the movie The Best Man which earned him so many favorable reviews, also it ranked as number 1 on the box office, following its launch. Malcolm immediately followed that debut movie, with a comedy called Undercover Brother. This overly earned him critical acclaim. In as much as Malcolm began making films at age 12, his professional work began when he was 17 where he worked as assistant film editor, assistant director, casting associate and manager’s helper. Malcolm completed his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University using a major in English and a minor in Fine Arts. Malcolm was offered a one year fellowship contract with Disney Studios where he finished the screenplay for two films, including Morningside Prep. This was an autobiography of MalcolmD experiences of studying at a largely white inhabited prep-school. Malcolm later joined the School of Arts in the New York University. It was here where he honed his powers as a director and writer. Soon after, he went on to create a short film version of his documentary the Morningside Prep. In 1997, he made his television debut with Showtime Networks. His most famous works include The Best Man, Undercover Brother, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Roll Bounce, Soul Men, and also an episode of Everybody Hates Chris. Malcolm additionally directed Scary Movie 5, of the Scary Movie franchise. His latest work includes directing the sequel to The Best Man, which can be The Best Man Holiday, in 2013.
January 11, 1970
Queens, New York, United States
6' 3½" (1.92 m)
Director, Writer, Producer
Camille Melika Banks
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Black Movie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Directing
The Best Man Wedding, Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Best Man Holiday, Scary Movie 5, Soul Men, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Roll Bounce, Undercover Brother, The Best Man, Girl Trip, Fantasy Basketball Camp, Life's Poison
If you look at 'The Best Man,' there's a lot of humor in that, but I never consider that movie a comedy. I felt that it was a drama with comedic elements and comedic parts to it.
I love soundtracks that really play well into the movie and work in a symbolic way. You watch the movie, you hear this great music. You hear the music, it reminds you of the movie and it makes you want to watch the movie again. It all works in that way and it evokes memories of the first time you saw the movie. That's how the best soundtracks work.
'The Big Chill' had a bunch of really talented actors, a great soundtrack, and the college connections that the characters shared. It's one of those movies I glean something different from every time I watch it.
Kids are taking music for free all the time. They have Spotify, Pandora...The record companies aren't making the kind of music that they used to make. Artists make their money on tours, not from album sales.
I've made it my mission to make movies starring African American actors and about the African American experience and put them in the mainstream. They're very universal stories I've told - every movie I've done.
When you're in your 20s, you're a little more carefree; you're single. You have a very different way of looking at the world and experiencing the world. But later in your 30s when you have children, a career, career obstacles, mortgages, car payments and relationships you have to negotiate, that's a very different life. There's a little more angst.
I'm driven more by my heart more than anything else, and my head, and sometimes those things are counterintuitive.
I had a strong vision for 'The Best Man Holiday,' so I was able to translate that to the actors and ultimately to the screen. Things can't get too heavy or too outrageously funny; it has to strike a balance. Tone is everything. If you've set the right tone, you can get away with a lot of stuff. You can get away with making people cry.
I did no research on 'The Best Man.' That was something that came out from my own head.
Holidays have been commercialized. It has become about material things. But the holidays are about sharing stories and being in each other's presence.