Regina King’s new series is more relevant than ever.
The Emmy-winning “American Crime” actress has teamed up with series creator and executive producer John Ridley (again) for “No Place Safe,” a series surrounding the Atlanta child murders, according to media reports. Based on Kim Reid’s memoir No Place Safe as well as inspired by her life story, the FX project is set to star King, with “Empire’s” Wendy Calhoun writing the adaptation of the book.
In case you’re playing catch-up, the Atlanta child murders took place from 1979 to 1981. During that time, at least 28 African American children, adolescents, and young adults -– mainly young boys — were murdered. Atlanta native Wayne Williams was arrested and convicted of two of the adult murders and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1982. While a number of the murders went cold, police since have attributed them to Williams, although he has not been tried or convicted in any of the unsolved cases. “No Place Safe” is a compelling memoir which tells the story of the hunt for Williams through the eyes of then-13-year-old Reid, whose mother was a lead investigator on the case.
As previously reported, King recently inked a deal with ABC Studios for her production company Royal Ties, where her sister, Reina, serves as the company’s development executive. The drama stems from said deal, reports say. Meanwhile, Reina also has some big shoes to step into — that of co-executive producer.
Ridley, who also signed an overall deal at ABC Studios, is a frequent collaborator with “American Crime” executive producer Michael McDonald. In addition to “American Crime,” which is now in its third season the executive-producing pair’s credits include Ridley’s highly anticipated Showtime series, “Guerilla,” which co-stars Brit Idris Elba. It all goes down tonight, April 13, on Showtime and Sky Atlantic. Check your local listings for more information.
In the meantime, tell us, will you be watching King’s haunting new series about the Atlanta child slayings? Sound off in the comment section below.