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12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley to direct L.A. riots movie

10.13.2015

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A couple of months ago, there was talk that Ice Cube and his son O'Shea Jackson Jr. might be teaming up for a thriller set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and while the report ended up not being true, a different project about the riots is moving forward at Broad Green and Imagine Entertainment. 12 YEARS A SLAVE writer John Ridley has been set to helm the currently untitled film, and he'll be directing from his own script, which was first commissioned back in 2006.

This won't be Ridley's first time behind a camera though. He helmed the 1997 crime thriller COLD AROUND THE HEART and the Jimi Hendrix biopic JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE, and he's also been directing episodes of his ABC series American Crime. The movie "will cover the events of April 1992, when the acquittal of four L.A.P.D. police officers for the near-fatal beating of King led to devastating riots in Los Angeles that left more than 50 dead and 2,300 injured."

Broad Green founders Gabriel and Daniel Hammond have released a statement saying, "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."

Grazer also added that "We have barely seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of John Ridley’s talent. 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." Production on the L.A. riots film will begin in spring of 2016. Which actors would you like to see star in the planned movie?

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Source: THR

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11:09AM on 10/13/2015

Great, all we need is another pep rally for black on white hatred

I hope it fails and fails miserably. But it won't because hating white people is par for the course now. I boycott every black movie that comes out. Are you offended by my comments? I don't care. I have grown sick of the hate whitey brigade.
I hope it fails and fails miserably. But it won't because hating white people is par for the course now. I boycott every black movie that comes out. Are you offended by my comments? I don't care. I have grown sick of the hate whitey brigade.
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12:17PM on 10/13/2015
It's less offensive than it is hilarious that you think you're actually having an impact on anything. I do believe your plan is failing, genius.
It's less offensive than it is hilarious that you think you're actually having an impact on anything. I do believe your plan is failing, genius.
9:00AM on 10/13/2015
Yeah. Hopefully he makes a film where black people blame themselves and take responsibility for numerous cops beating a guy half to death on camera and then get acquitted. It would be like making a movie about OJ, where his victims should own up to playing their part in their own murders.
Yeah. Hopefully he makes a film where black people blame themselves and take responsibility for numerous cops beating a guy half to death on camera and then get acquitted. It would be like making a movie about OJ, where his victims should own up to playing their part in their own murders.
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3:16PM on 10/13/2015
Hey Darth this makes no sense. Half of the people killed in the riot were black and had nothing to do with the cops action. Don't be ignorant and expect everything to be whiteys fault, rather use your brain and take a deeper look at the problems in society. But, hey blame whitey.
Hey Darth this makes no sense. Half of the people killed in the riot were black and had nothing to do with the cops action. Don't be ignorant and expect everything to be whiteys fault, rather use your brain and take a deeper look at the problems in society. But, hey blame whitey.
8:28AM on 10/13/2015
Hopefully this isn't just a blame whitey film and actually looks into the deeper issues of poverty, gang violence, single parent households, the welfare system, and drugs.
Hopefully this isn't just a blame whitey film and actually looks into the deeper issues of poverty, gang violence, single parent households, the welfare system, and drugs.
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9:05AM on 10/13/2015
I'll assume you're not completely, willfully stupid and don't actually know what prompted the L.A. Riots and you're just speaking because you feel you have insight into what ails all black people in America. I'm betting he does nothing you so ignorantly suggest. And that's a good thing.
I'll assume you're not completely, willfully stupid and don't actually know what prompted the L.A. Riots and you're just speaking because you feel you have insight into what ails all black people in America. I'm betting he does nothing you so ignorantly suggest. And that's a good thing.
11:12AM on 10/13/2015
That's right Jeff, they rioted for that, and then proceeded to destroy their own neighborhoods. They attacked asian store owners and beat a trucker in the street that had nothing to do with those cops. Go fuck yourself.
That's right Jeff, they rioted for that, and then proceeded to destroy their own neighborhoods. They attacked asian store owners and beat a trucker in the street that had nothing to do with those cops. Go fuck yourself.
12:13PM on 10/13/2015
Oh boy. Another bigot. Just what the world needs. And to think, you blow your father with that potty mouth. Shame.
Oh boy. Another bigot. Just what the world needs. And to think, you blow your father with that potty mouth. Shame.
3:14PM on 10/13/2015
Jeff just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't make them a bigot. You can keep blaming whitey, or sack up and look at the truth. And the truth is that the black community is ravaged by drugs, single parent homes, poverty, and are enslaved by the welfare system. To ignore these facts makes you a bigot and someone who has no knowledge about current events, economics, or politics, but just wants to find someone to blame. Don't be naive all of what I said would make a compelling film
Jeff just because someone doesn't agree with you doesn't make them a bigot. You can keep blaming whitey, or sack up and look at the truth. And the truth is that the black community is ravaged by drugs, single parent homes, poverty, and are enslaved by the welfare system. To ignore these facts makes you a bigot and someone who has no knowledge about current events, economics, or politics, but just wants to find someone to blame. Don't be naive all of what I said would make a compelling film while looking at the LA riots, expand your mind rather than just blaming whitey.
3:51PM on 10/13/2015
I think you're misguided in that this movie should be the platform to address all of that, so perhaps it was hasty to describe you as a bigot. This other tool who just hates the idea of black movies can eat a dick. But I think he (or she) got the general idea.
I think you're misguided in that this movie should be the platform to address all of that, so perhaps it was hasty to describe you as a bigot. This other tool who just hates the idea of black movies can eat a dick. But I think he (or she) got the general idea.
12:20AM on 10/14/2015
"But I think he (or she) got the general idea"

Nope. You're not changing my opinion asshole.
"But I think he (or she) got the general idea"

Nope. You're not changing my opinion asshole.
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