Regina King is Bringing the Tragic Story of Atlanta’s Child Murders to Television
After her Emmy Award-winning success on ABC’s “American Crime,” Regina King is now focused on highlighting the Atlanta child murders for FX’s upcoming series “No Place Safe.”
The developing drama series, based on Kim Reid’s 2007 memoir of the same name, will find the actress reuniting with “American Crime” executive producer John Ridley, according to Deadline. Reid’s book explores details from her childhood during the summer of 1979 in Atlanta, where her mother was tasked as an investigator in solving a string of homicides that ended in 1981 with more than two dozen children and teens killed.
Following a massive manhunt, Wayne Williams was arrested that year and found guilty in February 1982 for the murders of two victims ― based on forensic evidence found on the victims and Williams ― and sentenced to two consecutive life terms.
The series is a part of King’s two-year deal with ABC Studios for her production house, Royal Ties. For Ridley, who is also under King’s production deal, working alongside ABC Studios has been a great experience and has presented a lot of creative freedom.
“It’s been a really, really good partnership. They’ve been amazingly supportive. They’ve given me a lot of latitude,” Ridley said in this month’s cover story of Variety. “They’ve been great about saying, ‘If that’s what you’re really passionate about, how can we support it?’”