Writer, producer and director Tina Mabry has been selected to adapt Code of Silence for MWM Studios.
The film is an adaptation based on a four-part article published in The Intercept in 2016 by Jamie Kalven. It tells the real-life story of a Chicago police officer named Shannon Spaulding’s experience as a whistleblower and how she, along with her partner and the community, exposed corruption and a cover-up within the Chicago PD.
She has a unique relation to the source material for Code of Silence, as she has family in Chicago and her father worked for a police department in Mississippi.
Mabry has also written, directed and produced on OWN’s Queen Sugar, USA’s Queen of the South, and recently directed episodes of Netflix’s Dear White People, HBO’s Insecure, Starz’s Power and ABC’s The Mayor.
Her feature directorial debut was 2009’s festival circuit favorite, Mississippi Damned, starring Tessa Thompson.
Deadline first reported the news.