Sanaa Lathan Fox Series

Fox Developing Limited Series About Racially-Charged Police Shooting, Sanaa Lathan Attached to Star

Fox is developing a timely, ripped-from-the-headlines event series about a racially-charged police shooting, with Sanaa Lathan on board to star.

Co-written and directed by Lathan’s Love & Basketball director Gina Prince-Bythewood, the project examines the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teen in Tennessee.

Lathan will play an expert investigator who digs into the case, alongside a special prosecutor (casting TBD) sent to the town by the Department of Justice. The pair must navigate the media attention, public debate and the social unrest that comes with such a volatile case, as they seek justice before the divided town erupts in a race war.

Exec-producing alongside Prince-Bythewood are Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Reggie Rock Bythewood (who is also co-writing).

Lathan’s TV credits include recurring roles on Nip/Tuck and Boss.

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  1. peterwdawson says:

    Sounds like something the news network associated with the network producing the show will inevitably complain about.

    • Genious says:

      They literally WERE complaining about how ‘Liberals’ keep fueling the racial fire. I guess it’s ok to do it when it’s scripted and for profit.

  2. rehabber says:

    Oh great, just what I need, something I see on the news way to often. Count me out.

  3. m3rcnate says:

    So what is already horribly happening on the news and in real life..and already is ripping this country apart into some pretty depressing racism talk & action … we now need a dramatized show about it? Ya that will go well… i wont be surprised when they announce they are moving into production with a school shooting show.

    • Chris says:

      That’s a very reductive, simplistic look at the power of storytelling. But, okay…

      • m3rcnate says:

        Cause when i think Fox, i think the power of well written, thoughtful, socially conscious story telling. Oh wait, its one of the big networks…nope i expect Shonda Rimes style story telling, salacious over dramatized melodrama with characters not grounded in reality.

        • tark says:

          Yeah because Superman, Batman, The Flash, Thor and all those other Superhero’s occupying TV/Movie screens are soooo realistic! It’s called entertainment. Story telling has been around for many years….Cinderella, Snow White, Robin Hood..should I go on? Shondra is good at telling stories, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

          • m3rcnate says:

            I don’t watch them.
            But Man of Steel tried to base its world in reality…it tried to have everything but him being alien be true to our world…that is why it was so easy to watch. Same with Nolan’s Batman trilogy, same with The Flash show, Avengers, etc. They take what is normal and real and then plug in some super powered humans & aliens. If everything was crazy and wild and unrealistic besides the aliens/superpowered people then it would be stupid and hard to watch.
            Just because something is wild doesn’t mean you don’t try to set it in a grounded realistic world.

    • lechatnoir says:

      Nate, but we’ve dramatized the every facet of the Nazi era, this happened in real life. This right here should be no different .I don’t understand the moral outrage.

      • m3rcnate says:

        Timing, and is it going to help anything? The Nazi era has been dramatized but for the most part with respect for what people went through, and it has been dramatized quite a long time after it happened. This show is trying to be about a racial police shooting right now while we are in the height of this problem…while racial tensions aren’t getting better but worse in this country.
        Some shows touched on this and did great, Southland comes to mind, but they didn’t make the entire show about it. More than likely this won’t be done tastefully and with respect and high quality because it is on network TV. If this was an HBO or Netflix show then I would be against it less because they would have complete creative freedom with the show. On network TV you have to make shows a certain way, and listen to the networks when they want to change things.

  4. Wjg says:

    Just what we need. We already have a President who is race baiting the population to get revenge on our terrible police. Now we will have a TV show giving more fuel for the fire. Good job Fox, keep up the good work!

    • Genious says:

      Can you please detail all of the things the President is doing when you say he is ‘race baiting’?

      • Lucifer says:

        I can only guess what someone else is talking about, but they probably mean how President Obama has a long record of jumping onto police-related cases (in which the public believe race was involved) to talk about the racial aspect of it. However, every single case he has spoken on has turned out out to have nothing to do with racism.

  5. Lucifer says:

    I find it hilarious how several comments are all upset over this because of the subject matter, but apparently American Crime doing the same thing was totally alright. I’d also like to point out how ridiculous this plot is because white people killed by the police don’t get media attention or a large public outcry for justice. Especially if the cop was not white. Also, they usually never result in a race war or violent protests/rioting. This basically sounds like they decided to swap the races and are probably going to attempt a “how you you like it, white people?” approach.

    • Teresa says:

      I find that offensive. There are crimes that are one race killing a white person, but Obama does not talk about those crimes. he does not go and send anyone to their funerals. It is quite said when violence divides us more , yet I am realistic there are haters that do committ hate crimes. The news incites racial tensions. Pointing out a suspect is one color and victim us another color, only makes makes people look at our differences. We all bleed red and are human beings. Thank you my fellow human beings for letting me sir my opinion. let’s not fuel the difference and play thAt forward, one person at a time. It does not help our country as a whole. Back on topic, I will not want the show. I watch TV to escape the harshness.

  6. herman1959 says:

    We don’t need another one of these.