Shots Fired:Racial conflicts are at the heart of America, a country that has been a cultural cauldron ever since the beginning of its written history. But while the distinction may not be as visible in the bigger cities, the situation in some of the smaller towns can be completely different. And that is exactly the sentiment that drives the upcoming ten-part FOX series, Shots Fired.
The new show has been helmed by the talented pair ofGina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood and debuted at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The idea for the show was inspired by the 2014 shooting of Mike Brownby a police officer in Missouri. When FOX ChiefDana Walden approached the duo to create something relevant out of the massacre, they came up with a vision that twisted it around by changing the perspective.
Shots Firedfollows the story of a shooting in a small town in North Carolina. But when an investigation is opened up following the death of a white boy at the hands of an African American copit is soon discovered that a similar case from earlier on had been no matter of concern for anyone. And that’s because of a crucial role reversal in the former case: the murdered boy was of African American descent, and his shooter was a white police officer.
The upcoming drama series has an impressive star cast to boast of, withSanaa Lathan starring as an investigator who tries to get into the bottom of the situation, and veteran actor Helen Hunt plays the part ofthe empathetic Governor of North Carolina. After its debut at Sundance, Shots Firedreturned mostly positive feedback from critics. But what remains to be seen when it finally starts airing on television is how the creators imagine a tearing issue like this to go down. However, the show might not come to an end anytime soon, as this report suggests.
Shots Firedwill premiere on FOX on March 22, 2017. Watch the supercharged trailer of the Brian Grazer-produced drama series below.