Netflix has scored the rights to the Spike Lee-directed “Rodney King,” a film recording of Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man play.
The streaming service has scheduled the project to premiere on April 28th and coincides with the upcoming 25th anniversary of the state court acquittals of the four LAPD officers who were videotaped beating King in 1991. Those acquittals sparked three days of rioting that left 53 dead.
King was credited with having played a key role in ending the rioting during a TV interview. Over the next two decades he battled alcohol and drug abuse and had repeated run-ins with the law, ultimately drowning in 2012.
The events led Smith to explore King’s life as the basis for a one-man show which Smith has been performing for four years. The Netflix film was shot at the East River Park Amphitheater by Lee on August 12th in New York City.
Steven Adams and Bob L. Johnson are producing.