Will Smith and Jay Z continue to move our culture forward with their monumental business moves.
Last year, the hip-hop icons announced that they were producing a not-yet-titled film about the gruesome murder of Emmett Till in 1955. Well, the project, which is set to run as a six-part miniseries on HBO, is officially in active production now and has a writer for the script.
Writer and director Steven Caple Jr, who wrote The Land, has been tapped to pen the story of Till. Caple will write a script based on the book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked The World And Propelled The Civil Rights Movement by Devery Anderson.
Till, a 14-year-old Chicago native was visiting family in Money, Miss. when he spoke to Carolyn Bryant, a white woman, which was acceptable in the Jim Crow the Deep South.
A couple nights later, on Aug. 28, Till was taken to a barn by Bryant's husband, Roy Bryant, and his half-brother, J.W. Milam, and murdered. He was savefly beaten and had a eye gouged out before being shot in the head and thrown into the Tallahatchie River.
Mamie Till Bradley, Till's mother, wanted an open-casket funeral for her so the world would see how badly the racists had tortured her son. After the trial in September 1955, Bryant and Milam admitted to killing Till in a magazine interview.
Till would have been 75-years old.
Caple wrote and directed The Land, a film about skateboarders and the drug culture in Cleveland, Ohio. The Land was selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.