Morgan Freeman and producer Lori McCreary are taking an in-depth look at the life of Rodney King through a new limited series.
Produced by the pair’s production company, Revelations Entertainment, the series will examine King’s life spanning from his adolescent years growing up with an alcoholic father to the events proceeding his 1991 beating by Los Angeles police, according to multiple reports.
Featuring exclusive interviews with family members, attorneys and close friends Dr. Drew Pinsky and the Rev. Al Sharpton, the series will also include never-before-seen home video footage of King, which was filmed over a 12-year period prior to his accidental drowning in 2012.
McCreary told Variety that presenting King’s life story through the series is in line with Revelations Entertainment’s mission of telling untold stories.
“Our company is about revealing the truth, and we thought this would be a great way to reveal the truth about who this man was,” McCreary said. “We’ve had such a narrow view of who he was. There’s so much more to the story. I’m excited to finally be able to reveal the truth.”
“Telling this story from the perspective of people who knew him and in his own words, we’ll see a different Rodney King — a generous, intelligent, loving man,” she said.
She added that the pair is planning on pitching the project to “A&E, Amazon, CNN, HBO and Netflix” in the coming weeks.
The announcement of the untitled series follows a string of upcoming events and documentaries coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the 1992 acquittal of the four officers involved in King’s assault, which sparked a week of riots across the Los Angeles area.
The developing docuseries premieres in 2018.