Jay Z will bring the story of Trayvon Martin and Black Lives Matter to the big screen
Jay Z is partnering with the Weinstein Company to produce a feature film and documentary series about the killing of Trayvon Martin, the teen whose death in 2012 inspired the Black Lives Matter protests.hollywood Updated: Mar 24, 2017 14:26 IST
The rap mogul Jay Z is partnering with the Weinstein Company to produce a feature film and documentary series about the killing of Trayvon Martin, the teen whose death in 2012 set off nationwide protests.
They will make the film and six-part docu-series after winning a bidding war for the rights to two books about the killing of the unarmed black teenager by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, the trade magazine Variety reported on Thursday.
The case ignited civil unrest across the country and a debate about racial profiling. It also gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Zimmerman, who claimed he shot Martin in self-defense, was acquitted of a charge of second degree murder in 2013 by a jury in Florida.
The film and series projects will be based on the books Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, Variety said.
Suspicion Nation recounts the experience of a reporter who covered the trial for NBC. Rest in Power is by Martin’s parents.
Another docu-series produced by Jay Z and Weinstein Television that touches on race relations -- Time: The Kalief Browder Story -- was aired last month.
The six-part series follows the story of a teen arrested in 2010 while walking home for allegedly stealing a backpack. He spent three years in prison -- two of them in solitary confinement -- without a conviction.
After the charges were dropped, he was released from New York’s Rikers Island prison and took his own life.
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First Published: Mar 24, 2017 14:25 IST