Steven Caple Jr., writer and director, has been chose to write the screenplay that will be based off of Devery Anderon’s book ‘Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked The World And Propelled The Civil Rights Movement.’ Caple is best known for directing and producing drama film ‘The Land‘ about four teenage boys from Cleveland pursuing their skateboarding dreams.
The miniseries will tell the story of Emmett Till, who was a 14-year-old boy who was brutally murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi in 1955. A few days after Till allegedly flirted with 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant in the local grocery store in which she co-owned, Bryant’s husband Roy Bryant and his half brother J.W. Milam kidnapped Till from his great-uncle’s house. The two men brutally beat Till and then reportedly shot him right before they threw his body in the river. The tragic murder of Emmett Till served as a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.
The project will reportedly be six hours long, likely divided into six different parts.
This won’t be the first time powerhouses Jay Z and Will Smith collaborate on a project. In 2014, the both of them worked together on ‘Annie‘, the remake of the original American musical film. Their remake of Annie grossed $139,840,525 worldwide.
According to Deadline, executive producers joining Carter and Smith include, Jay Brown and Ty Ty Smith also from Roc Nation, James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment, Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Enterainment, Casey Affleck and John Middleton of The Affleck Middleton Project, and Serendipity Film Group’s Rosanna Grace, and Alex Foster and David Clark.
The miniseries does not currently have a title or premiere date released yet.
Written by: Daniela Posso (@DaniPosso)