You gotta wonder if Spike Lee ever wakes up in the morning, looks at himself in the mirror, and think to himself, “Holy crap, if predictability had a face, it would be mine.” Here’s another shocker movie news concerning the bespectacled one from Crooklyn: Spike Lee is going to direct a movie called “L.A. Riots”, about the 1992 riot in Los Angeles that followed the acquittal of four white cops accused of beating the living bejusus out of motorist Rodney King of “Can’t we all just get along?” fame. The riot took place over six days, totaled damages over $1 billion dollars, and killed 53 people.
The LA Times reports that Spike Lee will direct the movie, based on a script by John Ridley (that is now being reworked by “Hotel Rwanda’s” Terry George). Meanwhile, weird looking dude Brian Grazer will produce.
Though Lee is famous for his incendiary takes on controversial subjects, Grazer insists that “L.A. Riots” is more of a vivid drama than a bomb-throwing broadside. “It’s a war movie set in a modern city like Los Angeles,” he says. “There were 56 deaths, more than 2,000 buildings that caught fire and all sorts of horrific destruction. So we see the anger and the emotion, but the story enables us to see the strife from all perspectives. You get a close look at the sociopolitical dynamics from the perspective of the cops, the African Americans, the Koreans, from all these different people. And then you get to arrive at your own conclusions.”
White men bad! Korean money hungry! Black men victim of society!
But hey, maybe I’m wrong.
P.S. What is up with Brian Grazer’s hair? He’s the geeky, spiked hair dude in the picture below. Seriously, there’s eccentric, and then there’s, “Dude, get your shit together, you’re embarrassing your kids”.