It was revealed today that Deon Taylor (“Traffik,” “Motivated Seller,” “Meet the Blacks”) has signed on to direct “.38” – a police drama based on real-life events.

With racial tensions in the country boiling, “.38” takes audiences into the gang-ridden streets of St. Louis’ “Bloody Third” district as the story follows a multi-ethnic police force over the course of one night through interweaving storylines inspired by actual events with the citizens (both criminals and victims) they are charged to protect.

Inspired by the powerful story and source material, Taylor and his Hidden Empire Film Group partners Roxanne Avent and Robert F. Smith made a deal to acquire the rights to Tim Clemente’s screenplay to take the lead position in the production.

Paula Patton (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “2 Guns,”) and Mike Epps (“The Hangover,” “Resident Evil: Apocalypse”) are on board to star, with more roles set to be filled in the coming weeks.

Taylor just directed Paula Patton in the upcoming thriller “Traffik” (Lionsgate / Codeblack April 27 release); and Mike Epps in the comedy “The House Next Door,” which is now in post-production. Two-time Academy Award® nominee Donte Spinote (“L.A. Confidential, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”), who just shot “Traffik” for Taylor, will serve as Director of Photography on “.38.”

Said Taylor, “I was drawn to this project because we feel this is something that can make an impact in our culture today. The story speaks on multiple levels to the issues and controversies that still trouble society and we feel that with a project like this, we can showcase these elements in a specific light and address the matters at hand in a poignant way. We’ll continue to assemble great actors to play these diverse and complex real life characters and stay truthful to these events that took place.”

“.38” continues a busy run for Deon Taylor, who’s film “Traffik”, an intense sex trafficking thriller starring Paula Patton, Missi Pyle, Omar Epps, William Fichtner and Roselyn Sanchez, will open nationwide on April 27th (Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films).

Taylor recently wrote directed and produced the thriller “Motivated Seller” starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy and Megan Good, and also produced, with Jamie Foxx, the comedy feature “All-Star Weekend,” starring Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Gerard Butler, Eva Longoria, Jeremy Piven, Jessica Szohr – directed by Jamie Foxx.

Just last month, Taylor wrapped his “Meet the Blacks” sequel “The House Next Door” starring Mike Epps, Katt Williams, Rick Ross, Danny Trejo, Bresha Webb, Zulay Henao, Andrew Bachelor (aka ‘King Batch’), and comedians Lil Duval, Michael Blackson and Tyrin Turner.

Taylor’s films are financed by his longtime business partner and lead investor, Robert Smith. Robert Smith founded Vista Equity Partners in 2000 and is the firm’s Managing Principal. Vista has consistently ranked as one of the top Private Equity Firms in the world over the past 10 years with over $3 billion in capital under management.

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