It’s been nearly three years since the untimely death of Mike Brown. The then 18-year-old was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri by white police officer Darren Wilson. Brown’s death sparked much conversation about race relations in America and the Black Lives Matter movement. Now, Brown’s story is reportedly being developed into a film by Warner Bros.
According to The Root, 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 co-written by Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden, and novelist Lyah Beth LeFlore.
It was also reported that there was a bidding war amongst a number of studios who were interested in making the movie. With Warner Bros. coming out successful, it’s being said that the studio is searching for a writer of color to take on the task of adapting the racially sensitive topic into a screenplay.
Tracking Board also reported that the film will thematically play out like Oscar-winning motion picture, Crash.
For a refresher, Brown was not armed during the shooting with witnesses saying he had his hands up in the air when Wilson shot him. When taken to court, a St. Louis grand jury didn’t indict Wilson. The U.S. Department of Justice also determined that the witnesses who said Brown’s hands were up were not credible, and Wilson shot Brown in self-defense, ultimately being exonerated.
Stay tuned for the latest developments on Warner Bros. bringing Mike Brown’s story to the big screen.