According to an exclusive from Deadline, John Ridley will direct and write a feature film adaptation of the comic series The American Way: Those Above and Those Below for Blumhouse (Whiplash, Get Out).
Ridley, who wrote the Academy Award-winning screenplay for 12 Years A Slave, will also helm the feature film adaptation based on the previously mentioned comic book, which he had written as well.
The comic was created by John Ridley with illustrations from Georges Jeanty. The six-issue miniseries was published by DC/Vertigo and was a follow up to their 2007 graphic novel: The American Way.
The synopsis via Comixology is as follows:
This sequel to the hit miniseries by the original team of writer John Ridley (Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave and creator of TV’s American Crime) and artist Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse) moves the story forward in history, factoring in how real-life events might be affected by the presence of superheroes, and how those events change the heroes in turn. It’s been a decade since the Civil Defense Corps was exposed as a fraud created by the U.S. Government for propaganda purposes. While most of the heroes who survived the catastrophe have retired or disappeared, the New American still carries on, trying to keep communities safe amid the social turmoil of the 1970s. But with the nation split in two over civil rights and the changing political landscape, this isn’t easy. Some of the American’s former colleagues are on opposite sides of the law: Amber Waves joined a group of domestic terrorists, while Missy, a.k.a. Ole Miss, has thrown her hat into the political ring. As the ground shifts beneath his feet and new threats arise, which side will the American choose?
The film adaptation is reportedly taking place in 1972 and picks up ten years after the original story.