Andrew Lauren Productions (ALP) has attached Faraday Okoro to direct Prelude to a Crime, a taut legal drama set within the confines of a jury deliberation as they grapple with the confounding facts and implications of the explosive case in front of them: a police officer on trial for the shooting of an unarmed black man. Perspectives shift, personalities clash, and tensions boil over in this fictional exploration of a tragic phenomenon that has found the national spotlight in recent years. ALP developed the script from an original idea with newcomer scribe Dillon Michael White. The film will be produced by Andrew Lauren and D.J. Gugenheim. Oliver Monday will executive produce for ALP.
Prelude to a Crime will be Okoro’s second feature film, following his debut Nigerian Prince (2018), which was executive produced by Spike Lee and his 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Okoro graduated from Howard University and NYU’s Graduate Film School, was included in Moviemaker Magazine’s 25 To Watch, and was the inaugural winner of Tribeca Film Institute and AT&T’s ‘Untold Stories’ competition.
Okoro commented: “I’m excited to team with Andrew Lauren Productions on this film. Like myself, they’re passionate about telling relevant, thought-provoking stories. I’ve always wondered what happens behind-the-scenes in court cases like these, and exploring the problems facing our criminal justice system is more important than ever.”
ALP chairman Andrew Lauren commented: “Faraday is a rising talent who we’re so pleased to be working with, especially on a project like this which requires an empathetic mind and an incredibly sharp eye.”
ALP president D.J. Gugenheim commented: “Cases like these have sadly become increasingly common and really entered the national consciousness, unfortunately with outcomes that often only reinforce the tragedy. We are proud to be partnering with Faraday, who has a distinct vision to bring audiences behind the curtain and into the minds of the everyday citizens making these decisions.”
Working with Okoro continues ALP’s streak of collaborating with outstanding filmmakers from around the world, building on the recent critical acclaim of Claire Denis’ High Life and Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux.