Jay Z and the Weinstein Co. are partnering to tell Trayvon Martin’s story on the big and small screens.
EW has confirmed that the rap mogul and the studio have secured the rights to two books about Martin, the unarmed black Florida teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in 2012, igniting a national debate about racial profiling and civil rights.
The plan is to develop a narrative film and a six-part docuseries about Martin based on the books Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, by civil rights attorney and NBC News analyst Lisa Bloom, and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
Jay Z signed a first-look deal with TWC in the fall, and he and studio chief Harvey Weinstein produced the recent prison reform docuseries Time: The Kalief Browder Story. The Weinstein Co. also distributed the critically acclaimed 2013 film Fruitvale Station about the fatal shooting of another unarmed young black man, Oscar Grant.
Variety first reported the news.