It has been approximately 23 years since the L.A. Riots gripped the entire nation in the wake of four police officers getting off scot-free for the brutal–and videotaped–beating of Rodney King. Despite this fallacy of justice being more than two decades of ago, the media has steadily been making a living off the evil that a select few of the law enforcement sector choose to partake in, which has always reflected off the culture of Hip-Hop.
Broad Green Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, famously owned by Hollywood giants Ron Howard and Brian Glazer, are joining forces to present the L.A. Riots in dramatized format to audiences and they have called for 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner John Ridley to man the director’s chair.
Ridley, who currently oversees his successful ABC creation, American Crime, last directed in 2013 for Andre 3000 in the Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is by My Side and the still untitled film’s financiers couldn’t be any more thrilled to have him onboard.
“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,” Broad Green founders Gabriel and Daniel Hammond told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement.
As previously stated, the chaos that ensued from April 29 to May 4, 1992 has greatly affected the music of West Coast mainstay such as The Game, Nipsey Hussle and Glasses Malone but it Los Angeles native Thurz who his city’s dark period the extra mile. In 2011, he released his debut album–titled L.A. Riot–where he took on a full makeup metamorphosis to capture the bruises King received from LAPD on that dreadful March 1991 day.