Jay Z’s Next TV Deal Will Reportedly Involve The Story Of The Army’s First African-American Sniper
Next up on Jay Z’s television resume will include a story that’s rarely been told. According to Page Six, the Brooklynite will produce “a six-hour miniseries” on the Army’s first African-American special ops sniper, Nicholas “The Reaper” Irving.
The show will reportedly premiere on NBC, and stars Emmy Award-winning actor, Sterling K. Brown, as Irving. The program will also be derived from Irving’s memoir, “The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers,” which was released in 2015. The production will fall under The Weinstein Company’s tutelage, following a recent partnership with the Roc Nation head honcho for a television/film deal.
“I’m excited to tell stories from real-life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight,” Jay said in a previous statement. “Harvey and David are visionaries both of whom have done this time and time again. I’m already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to discovering others.”
Earlier this month in the Big Apple, the 46-year-old mogul held a press conference to reveal the forthcoming docu-series on Spike TV, TIME: The Kalief Browder Story. The program is set to debut in January 2017, and will follow the story of Browder, a wrongly convicted Bronx resident who spent two years in solitary confinement, and committed suicide after he was released from Rikers Island.
Jay was also announced as producer for the forthcoming Richard Pryor biopic, but further details have yet to surface.