(AllHipHop News) The Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years A Slave is set to tackle a story from more recent history. According to the Hollywood Reporter, John Ridley (American Crime) will direct a film about Rodney King and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. The untitled movie is being produced in conjunction with Broad Green and Imagine Entertainment.
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Ridley’s based on true events motion picture will focus on how LAPD police officers getting acquitted for beating King on camera led to six days of rioting in the spring of 92. More than 50 people were killed, 2,300 people were injured, and an estimated $1 billion of damage was done to property.
“This is a seminal event in our country’s history, the reverberations of which are still far too relevant today. We were blown away by John’s amazing screenplay and we know that under his direction and the aegis of Imagine, the film will be truly incredible. This is why we started this company. To make movies like this,” stated Broad Green founders Gabriel and Daniel Hammond.
The upcoming L.A. Riots movie comes on the heels of over a year worth of highly publicized news reports about unarmed citizens – such as Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, and Sandra Bland – being killed at the hands of police officers or while in police custody. Many of those incidents were caught on video much like the King beating.