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John Ridley Bringing His Comic Book Series ‘The American Way’ to the Big Screen

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Writer John Ridley speaks onstage at The Academy Presents The 2017 Careers In Film Summit at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 14, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.
Writer John Ridley speaks onstage at The Academy Presents The 2017 Careers In Film Summit at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 14, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

*John Ridley and Jason Blum are partnering on a movie adaptation of Ridley’s recent comic book series “The American Way: Those Above and Those Below,” reports Deadline.

Ridley will also direct the film, based on his six-issue monthly miniseries published in 2017 by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo label. Ridley penned the story with illustrator George Jeanty in what was a sequel to their 2007 graphic novel “The American Way,” in which a team of 1960s superheroes were created and called the Civil Defense Corps.

“The American Way” is a comic book written by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley.
Courtesy of DC Comics

The story focuses on Jason Fisher’s the New American, a black man given super strength but a limited pain threshold while the rest of the corps is torn apart by racism and murder.

Ridley won the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.” His other film credits include “Ben-Hur,” “Undercover Brother,” “U Turn,” “Three Kings,” “Red Tails,” and the Jimi Hendrix biopic “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” which he also directed.

Ridley’s TV work includes the ABC News documentary “Let It Fall” about the 1992 Los Angeles riots, also in theaters later this month; and ABC’s “American Crime,” on which he serves as showrunner and creator.

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