Malcolm D. Lee
Born (1970-01-11) January 11, 1970 (age 54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materPacker Collegiate Institute
Georgetown University
  • Director
  • producer
  • writer
Camille Melika Banks
(m. 2000)
RelativesJoie Lee (cousin)
Cinqué Lee (cousin)
David Lee (cousin)
Spike Lee (cousin)

Malcolm D. Lee (born January 11, 1970) is an American filmmaker. He is known for directing comedy films including The Best Man (1999), Undercover Brother (2002), Roll Bounce (2005), Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008), Soul Men (2008), Scary Movie 5 (2013), The Best Man Holiday (2013), Girls Trip (2017), Night School (2018), and Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021).

Early life

Malcolm D. Lee was born on January 11, 1970, in Queens, New York City.[2] He is a graduate of Packer Collegiate Institute and Georgetown University.

He is the cousin of filmmakers Spike Lee, Joie Lee and Cinqué Lee, and still photographer David Lee.


Lee has directed Undercover Brother, The Best Man, Roll Bounce, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Soul Men, Girls Trip, and other films. He also directed an episode of the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. He directed an installment in the Scary Movie franchise, Scary Movie 5. In 2013, he directed The Best Man Holiday, a sequel to The Best Man.[3]

In 2017 Girls Trip, starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith, received positive reviews from critics and grossed $137 million worldwide, with $100 million of that total being from the domestic market, the first comedy of 2017 to do so.[4] The success led to a first look deal with Universal Pictures.[5]

In 2021, Lee directed a sequel to Space Jam titled Space Jam: A New Legacy, starring LeBron James and Don Cheadle.[6] The film received mostly negative reviews from critics and was a box office failure which released during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee has expressed interest in making a third Space Jam film with Dwayne Johnson as the lead and focusing on wrestling instead of basketball.[7]



Year Title Director Producer Writer
1999 The Best Man Yes No Yes
2002 Undercover Brother Yes No No
2005 Roll Bounce Yes No No
2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Yes Executive Yes
Soul Men Yes No No
2013 Scary Movie 5 Yes No No
The Best Man Holiday Yes Yes Yes
2016 Barbershop: The Next Cut Yes Executive No
2017 Girls Trip Yes Yes No
2018 Night School Yes Executive No
2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy Yes No No


Year Title Director Executive
2006 Everybody Hates Chris Yes No Episode "Everybody Hates The Lottery"
2017 Shots Fired Yes No Episode "Hour Four: Truth"
2019 Wu-Tang: An American Saga Yes No Episode "Box in Hand"
2021 Harlem Yes Yes Episodes "Pilot" and "Saturn Returns"
2022 The Best Man: The Final Chapters Yes Yes Also creator

Other credits

Year Title Role
1992 Malcolm X Set production and post-production assistant
1995 Clockers Assistant to Spike Lee
1996 Girl 6 Director trainee
1999 The Best Man Actor (as Emcee)


  1. ^ Brady, Lois Smith (June 4, 2000). "Weddings: Vows; Cami Banks and Malcolm Lee". The New York Times. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  2. ^ Lucia Bozzola (2014). "Malcolm D. Lee". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Woodrow, John. (October 1, 2015) 'The Best Man Holiday' movie review: Sequel is both a romp and a shameless tearjerker. The Washington Post. Retrieved on October 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "'Dunkirk' Seizes $50.5M; 'Girls Trip' Is Malcolm D. Lee's Highest Opening; The Reasons Why 'Valerian' Crashed". Deadline Hollywood. July 23, 2017. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  5. ^ McNary, Dave (July 18, 2017). "'Girls Trip' Director Malcolm D. Lee Signs First-Look Production Deal With Universal". Variety. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  6. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (July 16, 2019). "Malcolm D. Lee Takes Over As Director On 'Space Jam 2'". Deadline. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  7. ^ Sanchez, Gabrielle (July 21, 2021). "Space Jam: A New Legacy director Malcom D. Lee is down to make a third film starring Dwayne Johnson". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on July 24, 2021. Retrieved July 24, 2021.