Rodney King film coming. Fast Five director Justin Lin is in talks with Universal Pictures to direct L.A. Riots for Imagine Entertainment principals Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Rodney King, who died this summer, was viciously beaten by four LAPD officers 20 years ago, touching off riots that killed 53 people, injured 2,000 and caused millions in property damage.
Lin is currently in the middle of shooting a sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise (scheduled for release on May 24, 2013), and clearly, Universal is seeking to keep him happy by allowing him to tackle a topic that’s quite a bit more serious. Still, it will be interesting to see what kind of film (and what size) Universal will allow Lin to make, for as one talent agent observed, “They didn’t want to make this movie for $35 million with Spike [Lee] four years ago, and with the way the business has changed, I can’t imagine they’re going to spend even $20 million to make it now.” (Or, as Lee told MTV News in 2009, “We didn’t get the money that we needed to make the movie I wanted to make. How can you scale back the LA riots?!”) Source