Rodney King’s life is getting the Hollywood treatment by way of Academy-Award winning actor Morgan Freeman. According to reports, Freeman along with Lori McCreary and their company Revelations Entertainment are developing a docuseries chronicling the life of Rodney King, who in 1991 became the poster child for police brutality.
In partnership with director Sheldon Wilson, Freeman and McCreary have acquired the rights to 20 hours of never before seen footage of King, which was filmed over a 12 year period by Dennis McDougal and Ira Abrams before his 2012 death.
The multi-part series will explore his childhood with his alcoholic father, the behind the scenes upheaval during his civil trial, life post trial, dealing with his injuries as well as the infamy associated with his beating that became nationwide news.
“Our company is about revealing the truth, and we thought this would be a great way to reveal the truth about who this man was,” McCreary said. “We’ve had such a narrow view of who he was. There’s so much more to the story. I’m excited to finally be able to reveal the truth.”
The deadline for the project is 2018 with Freeman and McCreary planning on pitching it to networks–CNN, HBO, Netflix, A&E and Amazon–within the coming weeks. Also to be featured in the series will be King’s children, his siblings, his first wife Daneta Lyles as well as commentary from Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr. Drew Pinsky.
“Telling this story from the perspective of people who knew him and in his own words, we’ll see a different Rodney King —a generous, intelligent, loving man,” McCreary adds.