The 25th anniversary of Larry Davis’ infamous gun battle with 30 New York City police officers which left six injured is this coming Saturday. As New Yorkers reminisce about the events that sparked a 17 day manhunt for the South Bronx criminal, Epoch Motion Pictures grabbed television writer, Kevin Arkadie, to draft the screenplay for Davis’ biopic. Arkadie is known for penning and producing episodes of cop dramas, “NYPD Blue,” “New York Undercover,” “The Shield.”
After acquiring the rights to the controversial figure’s life story earlier in the year, executive producer and Epoch head honcho, Anderson Villen stated, “We feel there’s no one else that understands the subtleties and nuances of this project more than Kevin. He helped usher urban culture into the mainstream as writer/creator of New York Undercover and his 20+ year career is testament to his ability to capture the inner-city experience.”
Larry Davis’ story is meant for the big screen. For those unaware, Davis was tried and acquitted of murder three times before being convicted for weapons possession and an unrelated murder case.
According to Variety.com, production is set to begin shooting in the summer of 2012 in the South Bronx.