The riots that took place after the 4 LAPD officers were acquitted in the Rodney King beating. It lasted over 4 days and did over $1 billion worth of damage. The film looks at the riots from several people involved. The script was first written in 2006 and came close to being made with Spike Lee directing but budget issues but an end to that. Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) was also in talks to direct the film. But now it looks like John Ridley will get the chance to direct his own script. Most recently Ridley has created the TV show American Crime and has both written and directed episodes.
Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind) will be producing and has said about Ridley “We have barely seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of John Ridley’s talent”.
The movie looks to start shooting early next year. No release date has been announced.