Jay Z and Will Smith have once again joined forces to executive produce a HBO miniseries based on the life and death of Emmett Till. The 6 hour miniseries has yet to be titled but currently the search is underway for someone to pen the series.
The last time Jay Z and Smith worked together was on Annie, which starred Quvenzhane Wallis.
Till was killed in 1955 while visiting relatives in Mississippi. Till was tortured by a group of men after they assumed he was flirting with a white woman. Till was only 14-years-old at the time of his murder. Till’s mother, Mamie, refused to have a closed casket funeral, and Till’s casket is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum.
Till’s murderers were acquitted in his death, but years later admitted to killing him under the shield of double murder.
It’ll be interesting to see the direction the miniseries will go in, and the casting of Till will definitely have a role to be remembered.