Michael Brown was just 18 years old when he was gunned down in Ferguson, Mo., by Police Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. His death became a focal point in the Movement for Black lives, and now Hollywood studio Warner Bros. has a project in development to tell his story on the big screen.
It was announced that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown, a memoir written by Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, with novelist Lyah Beth LeFlore.
Several studios reportedly showed interest in making a movie about the shooting after Simon & Schuster published McSpadden’s book, but Warner Bros. won. Insiders say that the studio is looking to hire a writer of color to take on the sensitive topic and adapt the book into a screenplay.
Brown was not armed during the shooting, and witnesses said that he had his hands up in the air when he was shot. A St. Louis grand jury did not indict Wilson, the now former Ferguson police officer.
The film based on Brown’s shooting is being developed to be tonally and thematically similar to Crash, which won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2005. I really hope they get African American writers and an African American director for this movie. It would definitely need that insight, nobody can tell our story better than us.
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Justice For Mike Brown: Powerful Pictures From The Ferguson Police Protests (PHOTOS)
1. Police carrying rifles in riot gear approach a young unarmed man in Ferguson.Source:Getty 1 of 18
2. A man protests as a wall of police hold tight in Ferguson.Source:Getty 2 of 18
3. Officers in riot gear advance on protestors.Source:Getty 3 of 18
4. Protestors hold their hands high in the night sky to signify they are unarmed. Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot by a Ferguson police officer.Source:Getty 4 of 18
5. A child covers his face with a shirt after police fire tear gas into a crowd.Source:Getty 5 of 18
6. Officers stand guard after firing tear gas into the crowd.Source:Getty 6 of 18
7. A man holds a sign in honor of Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was killed by Ferguson police on Saturday, August 9, 2014.Source:Getty 7 of 18
8. Police in a tactical vehicle travel down Ferguson streets to meet protestors.Source:Getty 8 of 18
9. A protestor holds up a sign calling for the arrest of the officer who shot Michael Brown.Source:Getty 9 of 18
10. Residents stand in front of a message for police, scribbled on a building in Ferguson.Source:Getty 10 of 18
11. A man approaches a wall of police holding off protestors.Source:Getty 11 of 18
12. A man delivers a powerful message in the form of a t-shirt.Source:Getty 12 of 18
13. Residents flee after police fire tear gas into the crowd.Source:Getty 13 of 18
14. A memorial of candles, flowers and stuffed animals decorate the spot where Michael Brown was shot to death.Source:Getty 14 of 18
15. Police in riot gear and sticks stand guard at a store destroyed in Ferguson riots.Source:Getty 15 of 18
16. A woman holds a powerful sign.Source:Getty 16 of 18
17. A young man shows reporters where a rubber bullet fired by Ferguson police injured him.Source:Jon Swaine/Twitter 17 of 18
18. St. Louis resident and reporter on the ground Antonio French stands in the middle of a cloud after police fire tear gas into the crowd.Source:Antonio French/Twitter 18 of 18