Cinema Blend reports that Fast Five’s Justin Lin has been tapped by Universal to direct L.A. Riots, which Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing through their Imagine Entertainment. Originally Spike Lee was attached to the project, possibly due to his memorable riot sequence in 1989’s Do The Right Thing.
The movie will be based on the events of 1992 were a series of riots and looting occurred over six days in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in California. The riots started after the acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the videotaped-beating of motorist Rodney King.
The last time the subject of the L.A. Riots were put into film was in Ron Shelton’s 2002 film, Dark Blue, which starred Kurt Russell. There was also a 1997 made-for-cable movie called Riot, which starred Luke Perry, Dante Basco and Mako.