Three years ago, 18-year-old Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American man, was shot dead in the streets of Ferguson, Mo. by a White police officer. In the wake of this tragedy, the Black Lives Matter movement was birthed.
Warner Bros. is reportedly making a film about Brown’s untimely death and the state of race relations and police brutality in America. The Root is reporting that the studio has acquired the rights to Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown, a memoir written by Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, with Lyah Beth LeFlore.
Though the officer, Darren Wilson, shot an unarmed Brown while his hands were in the air and he was walking away, a St. Louis County grand jury didn’t indict Wilson.
There are very few details surrounding the film thus far, but Tracking Board is reporting that the film will thematically play out like the 2004 Academy Award-winning film Crash. Right now, Warner Bros. is reportedly searching for a writer of color to help bring this tragic story to the big screen.
Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old who was killed in 2012 while walking in his father’s fiancee’s Sanford, Fla. neighborhood will also be getting the big screen treatment. We reported a few months ago that Jay Z and The Weinstein Company would be paying tribute to the late young man in both a docuseries and a feature-length film.
For more information on the Black Lives Matter movement, check out the riveting documentary film Whose Streets?, which chronicles its birth in Ferguson.
Whose Streets? drops August 11, 2017.