Will Packer and Universal Pictures Will Tackle Violence in Chicago with '3-1-2' Script Acquisition
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Will Packer and Universal Pictures Will Tackle Violence in Chicago with '3-1-2' Script Acquisition

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OK I get it. Chicago has now become the favorite whipping boy for all the sins of urban life in America. If you live someplace else where things aren’t so great you can point to Chicago and take smug satisfaction, telling yourself, “Yeah things may be bad here, but at least I’m not in Chicago”.

If you live elsewhere and get your news from the internet (or Donald Trump), you would think that the Windy City has become some kind of hell on earth, with constant killings from gunfire.



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True, violence has risen in Chicago, and there are several long festering, systemic, social and economic reasons for it. But the reality is that 90% of the stories you read about all the violence in Chicago come from literally just 5 neighborhoods on the South and West Side, out of 50 neighborhoods in the entire city. And what those 5 areas have in common is that they are the poorest neighborhoods in the city, with the highest unemployment rates; and they’re all isolated communities. In other words, they’re so completely out of the way, that you can literally live until 90 in Chicago and never have to go to or pass through any of those areas even once.

Also, if you look at the actual statistics, violence and shootings were even substantially higher during the Bill Clinton years, or in the 1970’s when Nixon was President; so how come we didn’t hear much about about this problem then? Actually, there’s been a huge decrease in shootings and deaths over the last few years; but this year, the numbers suddenly spiked up.

But why do I bring this all up in this post? Announced yesterday, producer Will Packer and Universal Pictures have acquired a script from upcoming screenwriter Ike Smith titled “3-1-2” which, according to Deadline, follows “the diverse journeys of hopeful millennials as they seek their true potential while surviving the extreme violence of inner-city Chicago”.



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Smith drew on his own experiences to write the script for “3-1-2,” being a Chicago native from the West Side section of town known as Austin, which is one of the five poverty and violence-ridden neighborhoods I referred to.

The Academy Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist also currently works as an unofficial gang intervention liaison on Chicago’s West and South Sides. So hopefully Smith’s script will more accurately portray what is really happening in Chicago, the good and the bad, unlike Spike Lee’s clumsy and at times truly inept “Chi-Iraq”, which was obviously made by someone who absolutely has no clue about what it’s really like to live in Chicago.

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