Jay Z to Bring Trayvon Martin Story to the Big Screen

Jay Z and Weinstein Company are collaborating on a movie and docuseries about Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who was murdered by George Zimmerman in 2012.

The two previously teamed up on a mini series, released in March, about Kalief Browder who was accused of stealing a backpack and spent over 1,000 days in pre-trial detention at Rikers Island without a trial.

“His death is here to teach us to save a generation of kids,” the rapper said in regards to Browder. “I say this about the movie. It’s hard to watch, but important to see.”

The project’s content will be based off Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by Lisa Bloom and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin written by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s parents. Jay Z recently obtained the rights to these books.

Jay Z has been an advocate for social justice and equality. In 2013, Jay Z and Beyonce attended a rally for Martin in New York.

The work includes a six-part docuseries that Jay Z will produce and a narrative film that will be developed by the studio that features Trayvon Martin’s life and events surrounding his death.

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