HIP-HOP mogul Jay Z and the Weinstein Company will team up to produce a series of television and film projects about the life of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a neighbourhood watchman, George Zimmerman, in 2012.
Trayvon’s death and Zimmerman’s eventual acquittal sparked a worldwide outcry and helped give rise to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
They have just scooped up the rights to two books, which focus on different aspects of Trayvon’s life and death, with the intention of developing them both.
The titles include Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, written by teen’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, which offers an intimate look at the slain teen and his family’s experiences of his death and its aftermath.
A spokeswoman for the Weinstein Company on Friday confirmed the news of the projects, which Variety originally reported.
Jay Z and and the film company previously teamed up for another true tale of criminal injustice, Time: The Kalief Browder Story. The six-part docuseries, about the black teenager held without trial for three years inside Rikers Island, which is currently airing on Spike.