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Jay Z & Will Smith Partner Up To Make Emmett Till Miniseries

July 25, 2015
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Jay Z & Will Smith Partner Up To Make Emmett Till Miniseries

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Roc Nation is reportedly producing the HBO miniseries.

Jay Z and Will Smith are reuniting as producers, and this time, their subject matter promises to be much heavier than their 2014 remake of Annie. The pair has announced they are working with Aaron Kaplan on a miniseries for HBO about Emmett Till, Deadline reports.

Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old, was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955 as retaliation for allegedly flirting with a white woman. The woman’s husband and his half-brother were acquitted of the crime, but later confessed their guilt—though double jeopardy meant they could not be tried again. Till’s gruesome death became a powerful symbol and rallying cry for the civil rights movement.

James Lassiter and Aaron Kaplan are executive producing the program alongside the two rappers. Jay Z’s Roc Nation is listed as a production company for the project.

The miniseries has not released the title of the show or the writing credits.

Jay Z and Smith worked together to produce the 2014 remake of the film Annie.

Emmett Till was in Hip Hop headlines in 2013 when Lil Wayne referenced the teenager on Future’s “Karate Chop Remix.” Lil Wayne was criticized for rapping “beat that pussy up like Emmett Till.”

No writer is attached to the HBO project yet, but the series is expected to run about six hours.

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