12 Years A Slave Screenwriter John Ridley Will Direct His Own Film About the L.A. Riots

The script has been in production purgatory since 2007
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Screenwriter and very patient human John Ridley will finally see his script about the 1992 L.A. riots come to life in 2016. According to Deadline, Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer—who has been trying to get the script off the ground since 2007—is teaming up with Broad Green Pictures to produce and distribute the film. Creative coup d’état for Ridley: he’ll be the one in the director’s chair, despite the project’s earlier attachments to Spike Lee and Justin Lin.

Ridley, who won an Oscar for writing 12 Years a Slave and is the creator of the Emmy-winning series American Crime, plans to relay the story of the riots from several different perspectives. “I am confident that [Ridley] will capture the magnitude of the events that unfolded and the issues that led up to them,” Grazer said in a statement. “He will show the world why the riots cannot and should not be forgotten.”

A second film about the riots, produced by Straight Outta Compton’s Will Packer and directed by Donovan Marsh, is also slated to hit screens next year. Unlike Hollywood’s other mostly unnecessary dueling releases—2012’s two Snow White-themed films (Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman) and 2014’s two Hercules epics (The Legend of Hercules and Hercules) are just two examples of the strange phenomenon—we have high hopes that dual films about the protests will drive home the point that they’re still painfully relevant, even 23 years later.

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