Taking inspiration from the recent wave of racially-charged police shootings that have drawn nationwide attention, Fox is now developing a new series tackling the issue — but from a unique standpoint. Deadline reports that the new limited series, tentatively titled Indictment, will follow the aftermath of a high-profile shooting where a black police officer guns down a white teenager in Tennessee.
The Perfect Guy star Sanaa Lathan has already been cast as the lead investigator tasked with handling the case. Her character, along with her still-to-be-cast costar, will have to face down media scrutiny and civil unrest in the wake of the shooting. Empire and Arrested Development producer Brian Grazer is developing the series with director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who last worked with Lathan in the 2000 film Love & Basketball.
Hopefully the lesson here doesn't amount to "All Lives Matter"
Fox's new series comes after more than a year of intense debate and protesting coming after the deaths of black men and women like Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, and others at the hands of police. The conversations that have sparked since have raised important questions about how blacks are viewed by American society, resulting in a reappraising of the country's racist past. However, the series' inversion of the officer and victim's races will be key, and there's no way to know right now how the approach will go over with audiences. All we can hope is that the series' lesson doesn't amount to "All Lives Matter."