regina king shirley chisholm

Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) is set to write and direct Shirley, a biopic about Shirley Chisholm, the United States’ first Black Congresswoman who made additional history when she later ran for President in the early 1970s. Oscar-winning actor Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk, Watchmen) is now set to play Chisholm, and King will also produce the new film.
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more welcome to the blumhouse

BlumNews! Today, during BlumFest, a Blumhouse-themed virtual experience, we got new info regarding upcoming Blumhouse projects. First: there are even more Welcome to the Blumhouse movies headed our way. Also: John Ridley, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, is teaming up with Blumhouse for an Untitled Paranormal Project inspired by a true story.

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tron legacy

It has now been ten years since Tron: Legacy hit theaters, and while fans continue to hold out hope for a possible Tron 3, news has arrived that Disney+ has derezzed a Tron TV series that was being developed by writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Three Kings).
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The American Way

Having conquered horror, Blumhouse now wants to get in on the superhero game. 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley will write and direct the Blumhouse superhero movie The American Way, inspired by the comic book series of the same name.

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guerrilla trailer

Showtime has shared some big news and released some notable trailers so far this week. They announced the date for the return of Twin Peaks, renewed The Affair for season four, and gave us our first real good look at Jim Carrey’s I’m Dying Up Here. Today they also have a first glimpse of John Ridley‘s (12 Years a Slave) new drama, Guerilla. Ridley wrote and directed most of the miniseries’ six episodes, which stars Freida PintoBabou Ceesay, and producer Idris Elba as members of an underground cell.

Below, watch the Guerrilla trailer.

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New Marvel Studios Logo

ABC has been wanting to expand their Marvel slate. Marvel Television developed a pilot for Marvel’s Most Wanted, a spinoff featuring two characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) were even written out of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to set the stage for their own show. However, ABC ultimately decided not to order Marvel’s Most Wanted to series. Should it fail to find another home, could Palicki and Blood return to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

“Interesting question, one that Marvel’s probably best positioned to answer,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said during the panel. “The characters were sort of disavowed in the show as they call it, but I never underestimate Marvel’s ability to bring people back.”

Dungey also touched upon the decision to cancel Agent Carter, teased other Marvel ABC shows in development, and discussed the Castle cancellation. Read More »

idris elba

Screenwriter John Ridley, rightfully so, has been rather busy since winning an Academy Award for 12 Years a Slave. The director of Jimi: All Is by My Side is currently producing American Crime on ABC, working on a Marvel television series, and is set to direct a film about the L.A. riots. On top of all that, he’s also credited on this summer’s reimagining of Ben-Hur.

The writer-director has added another project to his slate: Guerrilla, a miniseries that will star Idris Elba (Luther). Learn more about the John Ridley TV project below.

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JOHN RIDLEY (DIRECTOR), ELVIS NOLASCO, CAITLIN GERARD

John Ridley is turning his attention to another unhappy chapter in American history. The Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave screenwriter will write and direct an untitled movie about the 1992 L.A. riots, which followed the near-fatal beating of Rodney King by local police.

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JOHN RIDLEY (DIRECTOR), ELVIS NOLASCO, CAITLIN GERARD

Marvel’s small-screen presence continues to get bigger. A new report indicates the studio is teaming with 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley (above left) for a new TV series for ABC. Read all about the mysterious John Ridley Marvel project after the jump. Read More »

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Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix

John Ridley just had a great weekend as he won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his work on 12 Years a Slave. Even if there is still-simmering resentment between him and the film’s director Steve McQueen, taking home that Oscar, and the film’s own Best Picture win, have to have him feeling pretty good.

Ridley has his own directorial debut coming to theaters this year. All Is By My Side chronicles an early year in the career of Jimi Hendrix, picking up where the guitarist was “discovered” in a club by Linda Keith. The film follows Hendrix as he goes to London and assembles his first major band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and prepares to play the Monterey Pop Festival.

We haven’t seen a trailer, but below you can see a clip of one scene, in which we see Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix, in a dramatic moment with Linda Keith (Imogen Poots) during a conversation before he heads to Monterey. Read More »