The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is John Ridley, the author, screenwriter, director and executive producer whose work is capped by his Oscar-winning screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, and includes Red Tails, Undercover Brother, American Crime, Jimi: All Is By My Side, U-Turn, 3 Kings and many others.
Ridley most recently was in the news after writing an opinion column in the Los Angeles Times on how Gone With The Wind celebrated a shameful post-Civil War antebellum past. It prompted HBO Max to pull the film until it could place a coda on the movie so that some historical context was added to it. Ridley is just as thoughtful here.
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