Jay Z, Will Smith and Steven Caple Jr. have teamed up to produce a 6-hour miniseries for HBO on Emmett Till.
According to Deadline, The project is being executive produced by Roc Nation’s Jay-Z, Jay Brown and Ty Ty Smith, Overbrook Entertainment’s Will Smith and James Lassiter, Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan, The Affleck Middleton Project’s Casey Affleck and John Middleton, Serendipity Film Group’s Rosanna Grace, as well as Alex Foster and David Clark. Steven Caple Jr. is most recognized for his feature film “The Land” which tells the story of four teenage boys who devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a dream life of professional skateboarding.
Emmett Till was a 14-year old boy from Chicago who’s body was murdered and mutilated for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi in 1955. The teenager was abducted at gunpoint by two white men on August 28, 1960. Three days later, Till’s body would be found in the Tallahatchie River. The two white men accused of the crime would be acquitted from any charges by an all white jury. Over 60 years later, Till’s story is still referenced as a very important part of history. His mother would have an open-casket funeral to allow everyone to see what happened to her son.
The upcoming HBO miniseries is one of three scripted Emmett Till films in the works. The other two projects were both announced last May 2015. The first includes “The Face Of Emmett Till” based on the play, and the second will be produced by Chaz Ebert, based on the book, “Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America,” according to Shadow & Act. Stay tuned for more news such as the official release date as the project develops.