Jay Z is finally returning to the studio âŠ the movie studio, that is.
After signing a two-year production deal with The Weinstein Co. in September, Sean âJay Zâ Carter has been linked to a number of different TV and film projects, according to Variety. This week, it was revealed heâll be helping create a six-part documentary series and feature film based on Trayvon Martin, the African-American teen who was unarmed and shot dead by a Hispanic man named George Zimmerman in 2012.
Martinâs story is widely acknowledged as the moment that marked the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement, bringing discussions concerning racism and the judicial system in the United States back to the forefront.
The miniseries and feature film will be based on two books, 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 by Martinâs parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
Jay Z and the heads of TWC, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser, reportedly met with Martinâs parents over Oscar weekend, Variety reports. The meeting was to discuss details about the project and to ensure that Martinâs legacy would be properly honoured.
There is no information yet as to when the docu-series and feature film will be released.
Jay Zâs decision to be involved in this project comes to no surprise. In February, the rapper and founder of Tidal streaming service released an EP titled â17â on the fifth anniversary of Trayvon Martinâs death. In addition, they also collaborated with Sankoya, Harry Belafonteâs social justice organization, to create a short film about a young prosperous teenager who gets fatally wounded, according to Newsweek.
On top of working on this new miniseries, Jay Z has been tied to numerous other projects, including âTime: The Kalief Browder Story,â âRichard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?â and an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Mirandaâs musical âIn The Heights,â all of which list him as a producer.
The new Spike series âTime: The Kalief Browder Storyâ tells the story of Browder, a young teen from Brooklyn who was subjected to injustice by the judicial system. He was sentenced to three years at Rikers Island prison in New York City, on suspicion of robbery without a conviction. After he was released, he committed suicide two years later.
Jay Zâs involvement with the project comes after reading about Browderâs story in the New Yorker and meeting him in prison. After their introduction, Jay Z reportedly felt an intimate connection with the teen with whom he says he could identify, having grown up in the same neighbourhood.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about his new deal with TWC in September, Jay Z talked about the opportunity to tell these types of narratives, saying, âIâm excited to tell stories from real-life prophets who, through their struggles, have changed the world for the better and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight.â
Jay Zâs resume just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Perhaps his music career can wait for now.