It’s been almost two years since the tragic death of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy who was gunned down by police in Cleveland, Ohio. Now, Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, is bringing her son’s story to film.
Madame Noire reports that Rice has teamed up with Blue Angel Entertainment and Nonara Productions to tell the story of her son’s short life with 12: The Tamir Rice Story.
Korstiaan Vandiver, CEO of Blue Angel, producer Lionel Ntasano, and Tamir’s mother have exclusive rights to the story with Samaria and Vandiver writing the script along with Danielle Marshay Lee. Vandiver and Lee will co-direct.
Tamir was kill by Officer Timothy Loehmann in 2014, after responding to a call that a Black male was pointing a gun at people in the Cudell Recreation Center. Loehmann fired twice without telling the child to put down the weapon, which was later revealed as a toy gun.
Vandiver said about the film and Tamir’s story, “We are just as honored to have the opportunity to bring this story to life and we are all very excited to start this journey together. Tamir’s narrative is so timely and yet so long overdue.”
12: The Tamir Rice Story is still in development.