This article contains minor spoilers for The American Way, 2006 DC/WildStorm series of the same name.
Coming soon from producer Jason Blum and writer/director John Ridley, The American Way, the 2006 comics mini-series, will be heading into production for a live-action theatrical release. The movie will be produced by Blumhouse Productions, famous for Get Out, Sleight and most recently Truth or Dare. Series creator John Ridley began his writing career, writing for both The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as Martin. Later projects included the fan-beloved Static Shock, The Wanda Sykes Show, and most recently American Crime for ABC.
Written in 2006, The American Way was an 8-part story written by Ridley and published by DC Comics’ WildStorm line. The story follows “The Civil Defense Corps,” a multi-ethnic group of superheroes created by the U.S. Government in the 60s to create a false sense of Representation while obscuring true racial and cultural turmoil throughout the country. After Black hero Jason Fisher is assigned to the team as “The New American,” racial tension and infighting within the ranks force the team to disband. The film is set to take place in the 1970s, and a follow up to the original story. After the dissolution of the Civil Defense Corps, the remaining members have gone their separate ways. Some have run for political office, others turned to Terrorism. Though Fisher resumes crime-fighting and claims the city of Baltimore as his base of operations, the populace is all too aware of his past as a tool of the bureaucracy, causing further tension between The New American and his adopted community.
The American Way isn’t John Ridley’s only film work, the writer also penned Red Tails, about the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, a lifetime passion project of George Lucas, and filmed by the famed director for release in 2012. Most recently, John Ridley directed the 2017 documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, a documentary about the riots after the Rodney King trial verdict. John Ridley also won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with 12 Years a Slave and was the second Black writer to do so. Additionally, the 1999 movie Three Kings was based on an original story by Ridley entitled “Spoils of War.” The story of The American Way was released as a trade paperback in 2007, and as of this writing, a follow-up is due in April of 2018, published under DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.
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