Thanks to his development deal with The Weinstein Company, JAY Z has helped bring the story of Kalief Browder in an intensely emotional six-part docu-series that airs on SPIKE TV. He now hopes to do the same with Trayvon Martin.
Variety is reporting that Jay and the Weinstein Company will produce an “ambitious series of film and television projects” based on the life of the slain teenager. The two recently received the rights to a pair of 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.
Suspicion Nation, written by by Lisa Bloom, recalls the author’s experiences while covering the trial for NBC, and how she feels that the various mistakes by the prosecutors caused them to lose the “winnable case” against Martin’s murderer. Meanwhile, Rest In Power is written by Martin’s own parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and it focused on Trayvon’s life and the aftermath of his death.
Similar to TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, JAY Z and the Weinstein Company are aiming to make Martin’s story a multiple-part documentary, as well as a narrative feature film. In related news, the two are also planning to bring Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning play In The Heights to the silver screen.