John Ridley has been on a bit of a creative tear as of late. The 12 Years A Slave helmer continues to produce solid and critically acclaimed content. His American Crime anthology series is considered some of the best TV has to offer, and his partnership with Idris Elba will be shedding a light on an oft overlooked aspect of the UK’s civil rights struggles in Guerilla. Even with all that going on, he still had time to write and direct a documentary. Per Deadline:
John Ridley’s Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 — the feature documentary that looks at the years and events leading up to the April 1992 riots after the Rodney King verdict — is getting a theatrical release April 21 on both coasts. This film marks ABC News’ first theatrical production and release.
Let It Fall was produced in partnership with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions. A broadcast version of the documentary will air April 28 (9-11 PM) on ABC. It’s all pegged to the 25th tragde-versary of the uprising.
Ridley, who won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years A Slave, is still also working on a feature film with Imagine Entertainment on the L.A. Riots which is still in development, but he told Deadline the idea for the broadcast docu becoming a feature docu evolved as they began working.
“The idea to have a feature-length version of the documentary rolled out of the idea of a one-hour doc based on news clips. Then it became two hours and ABC said, let’s do a theatrical release,” Ridley told Deadline. “ABC News had an incredible amount of news footage. In working with them and being able to shape narratives, there felt like there was a real cinematic quality in a feature-length documentary. As the project continued to evolve, people really thought that the story was very strong as were the varying perspectives from different people.”
Let it Fall features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean, and Japanese Americans.
Okay, I’m in.