Netflix has announced an all-new series titled Seven Seconds. From the trailer, it is unclear what the title refers to, beyond the “instant” Brenton Butler’s “life is forever changed.”
The Seven Seconds series will be based on the Brenton Butler case, from the year 2000. This case gained fame by not only being about racism but about police brutality during interrogation. Butler was set free, but neither the policemen responsible nor the man who actually committed the original crime Butler was accused of, were convicted.
Netflix’s version of the story seems to revolve around a crime committed outside of the Butler family. A Manhattan cop accidentally hits a black teenager in an isolated area. His decision to leave instead of admitting to his mistake resulted in the teenager’s death.
The boy’s mother, as played by Regina King, is not taking the situation lying down. She makes sure the case is investigated and does her best to find the man that murdered her son. All the while, she fights against racial tensions and “an attempted cover-up.”
The show is created and executive produced by Veena Sud, known for her work on The Killing. Other stars include Clare-Hope Ashitey (Doctor Foster), Russell Hornsby (Fences), Beau Knapp (Sand Castle), Michael Mosley (Ozark), David Lyons (Safe Haven), Raul Castillo (Special Correspondents), Zackary Momoh (A United Kingdom), Nadia Alexander (Blame), and Coley Speaks (Circle).
In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, we can be sure that Seven Seconds will examine in depth what caused the movement to begin with and where it going now. Quite a few of Netflix shows have unabashedly touched on politically and socially sensitive topics, and it’s one of the key elements that makes Netflix a standout in the TV category.
Examples include Black Mirror, which has an entire episode dedicated to the fallacy of trends on the internet. Or Sense8, a show with more intersectional representation than a gay pride parade. It seems that Netflix is a fan of controversial topics.
Seven Seconds’ Netflix premiere is set for February 23, 2018, with all episodes releasing simultaneously in true Netflix fashion.