“LA Riots” Taps Writer John Ridley To Direct


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appears to finally be getting his LA RIOTS film into next spring as the Oscar-winning writer of the script, , has been tapped to take over directing duties. The untitled film is being produced by and .

The film chronicles the 1992 riots, which erupted after the videotaped police beating of Rodney King and led to 53 deaths and one billion dollars in damage.

Ridley has had a long career in television but rose to mainstream awareness after penning the script for the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years A Slave. He recently made his feature directorial debut with the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All By My Side and created the critically acclaimed anthology series American Crime. 

The Grazer-produced film has long been in at with Spike Lee attached to direct. Unfortunately, that deal fell apart over budget issues. After the enormous success of this summer’s Straight Outta Compton from F. Gary Gray which featured the riots, interest in the topic and a film version has grown.

The project will be overseen by Victor Moyers and Ashley Goldstein at and Anna Culp and Alexandre Dauman for .

Ridley is repped by and .


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