It is no surprise that Spike Lee would be the one set to tackle a film based on the April 1992 Los Angeles riots. Lee has never shied from a challenge and I have heard nothing but good things about his HBO documentary “When the Levees Broke” which I have unfortunately not been able to see as of yet.
Lee, Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are teaming for L.A. Riots with John Ridley aboard to pen the script. The riots, which followed the acquittal by a white jury of four police officers who were videotaped beating black motorist Rodney King, caused the death of 55 people, thousands of injuries and close to $1 billion in damage.
“This isn’t about some cavalcade of stars, but rather a truthful and realistic examination of what happened, what the ramifications were and where we are now, in hopes that something like this doesn’t happen again,” Lee told Variety.
A telling quote follows that one up in Variety as Lee recounts the day it all happened: