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3.24.2017 Tiffany Gabbay
We've been waiting with bated breath for a politically-loaded Trayvon Martin biopic to hit the theaters. Well, we can now breathe a collective sigh of relief because Shawn "Jay Z" Carter and Harvey Weinsten are teaming up to bring us just that.
Variety reports that the Weinstein Company is slated to produce an "ambitious series of film and television projects about Trayvon Martin." The Weinstein Company and Jay-Z apparently 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, upon which the production would be based.
Best of all, Suspicion Nation was written by Gloria Allred's daughter, the equally-disreputable Lisa Bloom.
The 2012 shooting of the 17-year-old Martin sparked a national debate about racial profiling and inequities of the criminal justice system that brought about the Black Lives Matter movement. The African-American high school student was killed by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed race Hispanic man, who was a member of the neighborhood watch in his Florida community. He claimed he shot Martin, who was unarmed, in self defense after the two became involved in a physical altercation. Zimmerman’s acquittal on a second-degree murder charge inspired protests around the country.
“Suspicion Nation” is by Lisa Bloom and recounts her experience covering the trial for NBC. She looks at the mistakes made by prosecutors that caused them to lose what she describes as a “winnable case.” “Rest in Power” is by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. It tells a more personal story, looking at Martin’s childhood and the aftermath of his death.
The plan is to make a six-part docu-series with Jay Z producing as part of a first-look deal he signed with the studio last September. The indie studio will also develop a narrative feature film. The Weinstein Company earned critical raves for “Fruitvale Station,” another true story, about the death of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man who was killed in 2009 by a BART police officer.
TWC reports that Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser met with Jay Z and Martin's parents. Martin's parents reportedly expressed their wishes that Trayvon's life be honored, presumably through this production.