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John Ridley to helm LA riots film

John Ridley is set to direct Broad Green Pictures and Imagine Entertainment’s LA riots film.

Ridley will helm from his own script about the 1992 riots that helped transform America’s ideas about race, justice and economics, and sparked massive change in the Los Angeles Police Department.

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.

Production will kick off in spring 2016.

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