John Ridley To Helm L.A. Riots Movie

“12 Years a Slave” scribe John Ridley is set to direct an untitled film about the 1992 Los Angeles riots from his own script which he reportedly has been working on for a decade.

The acquittal of four LAPD officers tried for the near-fatal beating of black motorist Rodney King in 1992 sparked the rights which left more than 50 dead and 2,300 injured, along with an estimated $1 billion in property damage.

This will follow that story through the eyes of several key figures involved in the uprising with Ridley saying the film is less about the big names involved and more about the systemic meltdown that took place.

Broad Green Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, including the latter’s co-chairman Brian Grazer, will produce and distribute the film which will begin production in the spring.

Source: Variety