Warner Bros Plans To Bring The Tragic Mike Brown Police-Involved Shooting to Silver Screen
The future film will be based on his mother, Lezley McSpadden’s memoir, Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil
June 19, 2017 at 1:07 pm
Warners Bros is currently developing a drama that will be based on Mike Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden’s 2016 memoir, Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown.
It has been nearly three years since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. Brown was shot after allegedly robbing a local convenience store on August 9, 2014. Wilson lost his job but was not found guilty of police misconduct. The St. Louis County grand jury and Department of Justice exonerated Wilson of criminal wrongdoing.
The shooting and the subsequent protests that followed sparked a national conversation about how police interact with the black community. Per a report from The Tracking Board, the major Hollywood studio acquired the rights to the memoir with hopes to create a film similar to 2004's Crash.
In the years following the shooting, McSpadden has dedicated her life to activism. She founded The Michael O. D. Brown We Love Our Sons & Daughters Foundation, that aims to help families advocate for justice and through her other organization, Rainbow of Mothers, she will help parents who have lost children.
At this time, the project is in the early stages but the studio wants to hire a screenwriter of color to tackle the delicate subject matter.