Rashaad Ernesto Green Set To Direct Olympians Feature ’68 For MGM, Participant & Macro

untimely film producer Rashad Ernesto Green Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM, Participant And macrofeature film ’68 Inspired by the true story of Olympians Tommy Smith and John Carlos. The track athlete from San Jose State rose to become an Olympic medalist and activist in Mexico City in 1968. At the same time, both raised their fists in support of solidarity and human rights.

Screenplay by Oscar-nominated author billy ray, Participant and Macro will produce the project with Stacy Sherman.

participants will attend ’68 In its ongoing impact work dedicated to civil rights and social justice. Carlos’ nephews, Ariane and Sean McCoy, and Tommy Smith’s wife Delois Smith, are co-producing.

Bronx-born filmmaker Green received the 2020 Independent Spirit Someone to Watch Award for directing his second feature, untimely, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Shot entirely on 16mm film in Harlem, New York, the film is currently streaming on Hulu. his first film, Gun Hill Road, was a grand jury nominee at Sundance. Green is represented by WME and Granderson des Rochers.

Ray wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips and other notable films including Richard Jewell, Overlord, The Hunger Games, State of Play, BreachAnd shattered glassplus showtime comey rule, among others. They are represented by CAA.

“Still incredibly powerful and relevant, I’m honored to have the opportunity to bring to life the intriguing story of Tommy and John; to portray the weight of the world on the shoulders of these two giants and the self-determination, courage and sacrifice.” For he had to stand up for all of us,” Green said.

“We are thrilled to have Rashad Ernesto Greene at the helm of this very special film,” said Michael De Luca, Chairman of MGM Film Group, and Pam Abdi, President of MGM Film Group. Olympian Tommy Smith has said that he and fellow Olympian John Carlos had to ‘be seen because we could not be heard.’ The courage and selflessness of these two extraordinary individuals, who literally put their lives on the line to stand up for what is right and the truth, stand as a testament to the essential need to speak truth to power. We are at Tommy and John’s. Together, Rashad is very grateful to Stacy, Billy, Participant and Macro, who entrusted MGM to bring their story to the world.

Participant CEO David Linde said, “Participant is proud to be working with Rashad, Stacy, Billy, MGM and Macro to tell the story of Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos and their historic protest.” “At a time when the right to peaceful protest is under attack, there cannot be a better opportunity to tell the story of these courageous men.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Rashad Ernesto Green and MGM and the participating teams to bring this incredible story to the screen,” said Charles de King, Macro Founder and CEO. “The moment Tommy Smith and John Carlos took the podium and raised their fists created a ripple effect of change that still resonates today and now audiences around the world will understand the true extent of their bravery.”