Shawn "Jay Z" Carter and indie production company Weinstein Company are partnering to create a television series about Trayvon Martin, Variety reported. The announcement came after they won a bidding war for the rights to two books, “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It” and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.”
The 2012 death of Martin at the hands of George Zimmerman spawned the 'Black Lives Matter' movement as well as a national debate about racial inequality.
The plan is to create a six-part docuseries with Jay Z producing as part of a deal he had signed with Weinstein last September. The studio will also develop a narrative feature film.
The production company confirmed the deal, but declined to comment.
Jay Z and The Weinstein Company competed with several studios for rights to the project, such as Fox Searchlight and Universal.
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