Spike Lee Joins 'Riots' Squad
Ridley will write drama for Universal
According to Variety, the project is in the works at Universal and Imagine Entertainment, where Lee is also developing a sequel to his spring hit "Inside Man."
The April 1992 riots were sparked by the acquittal of four LAPD officers responsible for the videotaped beating of Rodney King. The riots claimed 55 lives and generated roughly $1 billion in damages.
It's unclear what narrative Lee and Ridley ("Three Kings") will weave around the riots, though the director previously worked incendiary riot footage into the credits of "Malcolm X."
Lee followed "Inside Man" with the acclaimed HBO doc "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts." He has circles a variety of projects, including "Selling Time," as his next feature, though "L.A. Riots" may now move to the front of his queue with a possible 2007 production start.