John Ridley to Direct LA Riots Movie

Posted by at 12:38 pm on October 13, 2015

The 86th Annual Academy Awards Press Room

Broad Green Pictures announced a partnership with Imagine Entertainment to produce and distribute an untitled film about the infamous Los Angeles riots that helped to transform America’s ideas about race, justice and economics, and sparked massive change in the Los Angeles Police Department. John Ridley, the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave scribe and creator of the Emmy Award-winning American Crime, will direct the film from his own screenplay. Fellow Academy Award winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster) will produce.

In April of 1992, America’s worst civil disturbance in the 20th century took place in Los Angeles. Sparked by the acquittal of four LAPD officers tried for the near-fatal beating of black motorist Rodney King and fueled by racial tension, growing despair surrounding the economic climate, and a deep-seated distrust of law enforcement, the riots left the city devastated. Looting and fires ravaged Los Angeles for four straight days leaving more than 50 dead and 2,300 injured, an estimated $1 billion in property damage and the city divided. Based on true events, the film tells the story through the eyes of several key figures involved in the uprising and the events that led to it.

Broad Green Pictures founders CEO Gabriel Hammond and Chief Creative Officer Daniel Hammond said, “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.”

“We have barely seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of John Ridley’s talent,” said Grazer. “I am confident that he will capture the magnitude of the events that unfolded and the issues that led up to them. He will show the world why the riots cannot and should not be forgotten.

Victor Moyers and Asher Goldstein will oversee the project for Broad Green Pictures. Anna Culp and Alexandre Dauman will oversee the project for Imagine Entertainment.

John Ridley will begin principal photography on the LA riots film in spring 2016.

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