Screenwriter John Ridley on set of his film "All Is By My Side"
The new critically acclaimed film “12 Years a Slave” is the gripping true story of a man’s fight to survive after being sold into slavery. Set before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man from New York. He is taken from his home and sold into slavery.
He struggles to stay alive at the hand of his slave owner, played by Michael Fassbender. During his twelfth year of enduring constant pain and struggles he meets a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) who will change the direction of Northup’s life. Screenwriter, John Ridley immersed himself in the 1800s to write the film. Ridley’s other writing credits include “Sending My Love to Linda,” “Three Kings,” and “Red Tails.”
John Ridley, Screenwriter, “12 Years a Slave,” “Red Tails,” and “Three Kings”