The Attica Prison riot in 1971 is one of the most well-known and significant prisoner uprisings in American history, as 1,000 inmates rioted and seized control of the prison, taking 42 hostages in the process, in order to demand better living conditions and political rights. When the uprising was over, 43 people were dead, including 10 correctional officers and 33 inmates, and the state began a massive cover up of the true events.
Now, Deadline reports that Good Fear Film’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner will bring the story of Attica and its aftermath to the big screen. The film will tell the story of Frank “Big Black” Smith, the coach of prison football team and was chief of inmate security during the riot; after the riot was over, Smith was implicated as a ring leader and was tortured by officers after false rumors spread about him castrating a guard. In the aftermath, 29-year-old radical lawyer Elizabeth Fink worked with Smith to reveal the massive cover-up and discover the truth of what happened behind those prison walls.
The film will be adapted by Kristen Buckley, who previously co-wrote the screenplays to “How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days” and “102 Dalmatians.” Other adaptations of the Attica story include a 1974 documentary and three TV movies, including one directed by John Frankenheimer and starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kyle MacLachlan.
No production information is available at this time.