Deadline is exclusively reporting that Vertical Entertainment have acquired the North American rights for Kevin Willmott’s period drama The 24th, based on the true events of the Houston Riot of 1917.
Set in the early months of World War I, the film recounts how one hundred and fifty-six soldiers of the all-black 24th Infantry Regiment rioted after clashing with the Houston Police Department. Four soldiers and sixteen civilians were killed. The soldiers were court-martialled on mutiny charges; nineteen were executed, forty-one were given life sentences.
Kevin Willmott released a statement, saying:
I’m excited The 24th has found a great home with Vertical Entertainment. I look forward to the film reaching audiences and I hope the film can help us all understand our history and the current reality a little better.
Kevin Willmott, who is known for his collaborations with Spike Lee co-writing the screenplays for Chi-Raq, BlacKkKlansman and Da 5 Bloods, co-wrote this script with Trai Byers. Willmott and Byers serve as producers alongside Jordan Fudge and Alexandra Milchan.
The film stars Trai Byers, Aja Naomi King, Bashir Salahuddin, Mo McRae, Tosin Morohunfola, Mykelti Williamson, Thomas Haden Church and Christopher W. Norris.
The 24th will become available On Demand on the 21st August 2020.