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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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