Earlier today, the news first broke across the internet that famed director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, and a variety of other films) passed away at the age of 73 following a battle with cancer. Now, one of his last projects has found a way to properly honor him.
Per a report coming in from Deadline, tonight’s episode of Shots Fired on Fox is going to feature a title card at the end of the hour honoring him. Shots Fired episode 6 entitled “The Fire This Time” was directed by Demme, which was an enormous get for the show at the time. This is going to be a powerful episode for the show, judging from the official synopsis below:
“The tension heats up in Gate Station as a violent riot erupts between the citizens and the police. Meanwhile, Ashe and Preston confront Governor Eamons regarding their latest suspicions in Joey’s murder, Ashe takes matters into her own hands when it comes to Javier and Preston sits down with Beck.”
In a statement per the aforementioned website, show creators Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock had the following to say:
“We mourn the passing of Jonathan Demme … He was a tremendous artist who shared our belief that art can change the world. He was a gift, and he made everyone around him better. He taught us to care a little bit more, believe a little bit more and listen a little bit more. We will miss him.”
One of the other upcoming credits for Demme posthumously will be an episode of Netflix’s Seven Seconds, an upcoming series starring Regina King of American Crime. The fact that so many people wanted to work with him leading up to his death further cements his status as one of the great filmmakers of our time, and someone who brought creativity and passion to almost everything that he did. He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones at this time.
Meanwhile, we also applaud Fox for their decision to add in this title card at the last minute to ensure that Demme gets the proper tribute that he deserves. He deserves far more, but this is tremendous for the limited amount of time between now and tonight. (Photo: Fox.)