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Originally announced as a Spike Lee joint (as the cool kids call it) more than four years ago, “L.A. Riots”, based on the actual 1992 Los Angeles riots that occurred when the cops who beat the bejesus out of Rodney King were infamously acquitted of the deed, has gotten new life. Or, er, new flames, I guess you could say. (Too soon?)
Justin Lin (of “Fast Five” fame) is now said to be in talks with Universal to board the project. The 1992 L.A. Riots killed 53 dead people, injured thousands, and cost more than $1 billion in property damage. I remember seeing it live on TV, with people armed with shotguns standing on top of roofs trying to fend off looters. It was unreal.
In any case, after the success of “Fast Five”, Lin has been getting every offer in Hollywood, and has attached himself to a half dozen high-profile ones. All of them will probably never get made, since he’s stuck directing not one, but two more “The Fast and the Furious” films for Universal already, with the two films expected to shoot back-to-back.
So where exactly does Universal expect Lin to find time to direct “L.A. Riots”? Your guess is as good as mine. Then again, just cause he signs on the dotted line, it doesn’t mean he’ll actually end up directing it. It’s the thought that counts.
Imagine Entertainment dudes Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce.
Via : Vulture