In challenging times in America right now stories like this is a good reminder why we are protesting. An HBO miniseries based on the tragic death of Emmett Till is being executive produced by Jay Z and Will Smith.
Till was a 14 year African American kid living in Mississippi abducted by a white mob, beaten and mutilated him before shooting him and sinking his body in the Tallahatchie River, for reportedly speaking to a white woman in 1955.
Till’s mother insisted on an open-casket funeral so people can see what they did to her son. The photo made international news and turned America’s attention to civil rights.
Deadline is reporting that the miniseries is still in development, with writer Steven Caple Jr who has not given it a title yet. The series will be based on the book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked The World And Propelled The Civil Rights Movement by Devery Anderson.
The film will be scripted and not a documentary. Filming was supposed to start earlier this year. However, no recent updates for either have been made. This is not the first time Jay Z and Will Smith joined forces for a production. They teamed up for the Broadway play Fela!