Nate Parker has come on board as director of LAPD detective drama Black & Blue in his first directing job since The Birth of a Nation.
Black & Blue is based on the life of unsung LAPD detective Ralph Waddy, who died last year. Parker is rewriting Jim McGrath’s script.
During his tenure at the Los Angeles Police Department, Waddy was involved in the capture of Charles Manson and his followers who were convicted in the 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and seven others, and Skid Row Slasher Vaughn Orrin Greenwood was convicted of slashing the throats of nine transients in 1974 and 1975. Waddy’s LAPD tenure also covered the 1965 Watts riots, in which 34 people died, and Robert Kennedy’s assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968 and the rise of the Black Panther Party.
Parker’s The Birth of a Nation premiered in 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival, won the Grand Jury Prize in the dramatic competition, and was bought by Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million.