With the critical-acclaim of FX’s breakout limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, another network plans to depict the 68-year-old’s life in a five-part program titled O.J.: Made in America.
Directed by Ezra Edelman, who’s known for a few of his riveting 30 for 30 episodes, the documentary will not only chronicle the life and trial of Simpson, but also the racial tension that occurred at that time across the nation, specifically the LAPD’s beating of Rodney King.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Edelman shared why he decided to overlap race and Simpson for the forthcoming show.
“It’s a much bigger story, one that explores O.J.’s life and how race and his pursuit of celebrity shaped it,” he said. “While at the same time documenting the racial dynamics of L.A. and the relationship between its police force and black citizens — a relationship thrust front and center into the discussion of the murders, and one that proved a vital determinant in the outcome of the trial.”
Ahead of the June 11 premiere date at 9 p.m. EST on ABC, watch the chilling trailer below.