ABC is set to air a series about Emmett Till executive produced by Jay Z and Will Smith.
The cruel story behind 14 year old Emmett Till’s murder is finally hitting the screen and it will be told by his mother, Mamie Till. Thanks to Jay-Z, Will Smith, a few other producers and TV Network, ABC, the chilling story will be brought to life for the world to see.
Previously acquired by HBO and shelved by the network, years back, the eight episode Emmett Till series was reacquired by ABC and will air as their Women of the Movement anthology series. The series is aimed at showcasing stories of the civil rights movement as told by some of the women behind it. This is according to a report by Deadline. The new series is now being developed by ABC, written by The Handmaid’s Tale creator, Marissa Jo Cedar, and produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith and Aaron Kaplan.
The first season is inspired by the Devery S. Anderson book, Emmett Till: The Murder that shocked the world and propelled the Civil Rights Movement. The entire first season will be based on Emmett‘s mother, Mamie Till and how she devoted her life to seeking justice for her son’s murder in the Jim Crow South.
The Emmett Till story happened in August, 1955 when the 14 year visited his relatives in Money, Mississippi. There, he reportedly asked 21 year old Carolyn Bryant (a white co-owner of a grocery store) out on a date. Nights later, her husband and his half brother forcefully took him from his great-uncle’s house, tortured him and shot him in the head, then threw his body in the Tallahatchie River.