July 01, 2016  

ABC Orders Racial Drama Pilot From '12 Years a Slave' Writer

January 15, 2014 (4:54 am) GMT
John Ridley-penned 'American Crime' will center on the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial.

Hot on heels of his work on critically-acclaimed film "", screenwriter John Ridley's racial drama has received a pilot order from ABC. Titled "", it's written by the Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter who will also executive produce it along with Michael McDonald.

The drama is set in California's Central Valley. It revolves around the lives of the players in a trial for a racially charged murder. The case takes on greater meaning in the community, bringing to the forefront America's hardened views on race, class and gender politics.

Ridley was nominated for Best Screenplay at the recent Golden Globe Awards but lost it to Spike Jonze with "". The slavery movie, however, won the best drama picture title and is considered a leading contender at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Ridley worked on TV shows like "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Third Watch" before focusing on feature films. His big-screen credits include writing for 1999's "Three Kings", 2002's "Undercover Brother" and 2012's "".

More American Crime News

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Scott Eastwood Is in Talks to Star in 'Pacific Rim 2'
  2. Video: Chris Brown Throws a Fan's Phone Used to Film Him at a Club
  3. 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Season 4 Casting News Fuels the Ghost Rider Speculation
  4. 'Quantico' Beauty Priyanka Chopra Reveals She Has 'Never Dated.' Here's Why
  5. Drake Says His Heart's Broken by Rihanna as They Spark New Dating Rumor in London
  6. First Look at Matthew McConaughey as Man in Black on 'The Dark Tower' Set
  7. Fergie Debuts 'M.I.L.F. $'. Listen to the Empowering New Track!
  8. Nicki Minaj Goes Braless and Flashes Ample Boob in This Photo