Warner Bros. Acquires Rights To Michael Brown Movie
A Michael Brown movie based on his mother’s book is in the works at Warner Bros. studios.
The 18-year old, unarmed, Brown was murdered by former Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014 leading to a wave of protests and sparking the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Wilson’s exoneration after the shooting only led to more angst. There have been numerous articles, writings, and documentaries made about the incident and its aftermath. Among them is Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil, written by Brown’s mother Lezley McSpadden.
The Tracking Board reports that Warner Bros. has secured the rights to produce a film based off the book.
Tracking Board writes:
Insiders say that Warner Bros. aims to develop a drama that is tonally and thematically similar to Crash, which won Best Picture in 2005. The studio is currently seeking a writer to adapt the book, which McSpadden co-wrote with novelist Lyah Beth LeFlore.
Simon and Schuster published Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown last year, and several studios showed interest in tackling the challenging but important subject matter. Warner Bros. came out on top, and insiders suggest the studio is eager to hire a writer of color to tackle this sensitive project, which would certainly be the smart move.