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Jeff Kwatinetz to Produce Johnnie Cochran Movie

Johnnie Cochran

Johnnie Cochran

Jeff Kwatinetz is getting in on the OJ Simpson craze. According to Deadline, the former Prospect Park front man has acquired a spec for an upcoming movie based on the case that put late attorney Johnnie Cochran on the map. 

Through his new company, The Firm, Kwatinetz will executive produce a film about the Signal Hill police brutality case. The Firm's film division President Robbie Brenner will produce the movie along with creative executive Kevin McKeon. David McMillan wrote the script.

In 1981, California football player Ron Settles was arrested by the Signal Hill Police Department. He was later found dead hanging in his cell. The police claimed he committed suicide. Cochran, who is a central character in FX's hit American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson, represented Settles' family and helped secure them a $760,000 civil judgement.

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