The two-year production deal Regina King signed with ABC Studios is paying off. American Crime creator/executive producer John Ridley and Emmy award-winning actress Regina King are teaming up to adapt Kim Reid’s novel No Place Safe, which will follow the 1979-1980 Atlanta, GA child murders in a new series for FX.
King will star in the series, Wendy Calhoun (Empire) will adapt the book and executive produce with Ridley, and Michael McDonald (American Crime). In addition to executive producing, Reina King’s (Regina’s sister) production company Royal Ties signed the deal with ABC Studios, according to Deadline.
Ridley previously worked with McDonald on the upcoming Showtime series Guerilla, starring Idris Elba, and also a signed deal with ABC Studios.
Set in 1979, Reid’s memoir recounts her mother’s stories of the Atlanta child murders, and the extensive search the Fulton County District Attorney’s office endured to uncover the murderer of 29 mostly young African-american teenage boys. The series will possess mystery-thriller elements with some civil-rights history, through the perspective of a then 13-year-old Reid.
In an interview with Variety, John Ridley talks about how he manages three production projects without sacrificing quality.
“It’s been a really, really good partnership. They’ve been amazingly supportive. They’ve given me a lot of latitude,” said Ridley. “They’ve been great about saying, ‘If that’s what you’re really passionate about, how can we support it?’”
Regina King has starred in The Leftovers, Enemy Of The State, and 24. Ridley executive produced 12 Years A Slave, The Wanda Sykes Show, and Barbershop.
American Crime is currently in its 3rd season, airing on ABC.