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Monday, October 12, 2015

John Ridley To Direct Film Based On L.A. RIOTS


Academy Award-Winning Writer John Ridley to Direct Based on His Own Script; Academy Award-Winning Producer Brian Grazer.

Broad Green Pictures announced today a partnership with Imagine Entertainment to produce and distribute an untitled film about the infamous Los Angeles riots that transformed America’s perceptions on race, justice and economics, and sparked massive change in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). John Ridley, the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave scribe and creator of the Emmy Award-winning “American Crime,” will direct the film from his own screenplay. Academy Award winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster) will produce. The film will begin principal photography in spring 2016.

In April of 1992, America’s worst civil disturbance in the 20th century took place in Los Angeles. Sparked by the acquittal of four LAPD officers tried for the near-fatal beating of black motorist Rodney King and fueled by racial tension, growing despair surrounding the economic climate, and a deep-seated distrust of law enforcement, the riots left the city devastated. Looting and fires ravaged Los Angeles for four straight days leaving more than 50 dead and 2,300 injured, an estimated $1 billion in property damage and the city divided. Based on true events, the film tells the story through the eyes of several key figures involved in the uprising and the events that led to it.

Broad Green Pictures founders CEO Gabriel Hammond and Chief Creative Officer Daniel Hammond said, "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."

“We have barely seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of John Ridley’s talent,” said Grazer. “I am confident that he will capture the magnitude of the events that unfolded and the issues that led up to them. He will show the world why the riots cannot and should not be forgotten.”

Victor Moyers and Asher Goldstein will oversee the project for Broad Green Pictures. Anna Culp and Alexandre Dauman will oversee the project for Imagine Entertainment.

The deal was brokered by Brillstein Entertainment and Don and Matthew Walerstein on behalf of Ridley, Creative Artists Agency and Logan Claire at Ziffren Brittenham on behalf of Imagine Entertainment. Christopher Tricarico, EVP, Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel handled for Broad Green Pictures.

About Broad Green Pictures
Broad Green Pictures is a feature film financing, production and distribution company founded by Gabriel and Daniel Hammond in 2014. The studio distributes both specialty and wide release films from in-house development and production as well as acquisitions and co-productions.

Broad Green is a fully-integrated movie studio providing filmmakers with unparalleled development support, production infrastructure, and marketing resources to execute their vision from script to screen. Through collaborative partnerships with both rising talent and established filmmakers, Broad Green shares incredible stories with the widest possible audiences, pushing boundaries and taking creative risks. The studio’s upcoming slate includes The Infiltrator, Brain on Fire, I Smile Back and The Dark Horse, as well as Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, Voyage of Time and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender. Previously released films include the critically acclaimed 99 Homes, A Walk in the Woods, Learning to Drive and Samba.

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