Joining forces once again, the latest project from Will Smith and Jay Z is a far cry from their retelling of '80s musical classic, Annie, last year.
Teaming up with fellow producer Aaron Kaplan (whose upcoming drama, Divorce, stars Sarah Jessica Parker), the trio are partnering with HBO to tell the story of Emmett Till in a reported 6 part series.
14-year-old Chicago native, Emmett Till, was visiting relatives in Mississippi in the August of 1955 when he was attacked and killed for allegedly flirting with a white grocery store co-owner, Carolyn Bryant. A few nights after Till asked her on a date, Bryant's husband and his half-brother went to his great-uncle's house, where they proceeded to gouge out one of Till's eyes, shoot him in the head, attach a metal fan to his neck with barbed wire and throw his corpse in the Tallahatchie River.
Trialled and acquitted, Till's murderers later confessed to the crime but due to double jeopardy they could not be convicted.
Till's mother, Mamie Till Bradley, insisted her son have a glass-topped casket and thus his image has since become a powerful symbol for the civil rights movement. It was three months after his murder that Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She recalled"
“I thought of Emmett Till and I just couldn’t go back.”
Jay Z and Will Smith apparently, “jumped at the chance to tell the story.”
There is no release date yet as the project is still in its very early stages and currently remains untitled. However, if you would like to familiarize yourself with the case before the mini-series airs, Emmett Till's story was the subject of a 2003 documentary - just follow this link to find out more.