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Jay Z is putting his film producing hat on again to bring to the small screen a docu-series about slain Florida teen, Trayvon Martin.

According to Variety, the rapper and the Weinstein Company agreed to team up after a major bidding war to have the rights to 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.”

Both publications discuss the tragic events leading up to and following the 2012 shooting death of Martin.

Per the news outlet, Jay will produce a six-part docu-series as part of a “first-look deal he singed with the studio last September.” In conjunction with Jay’s docu-series, the studio will produce a “narrative feature film” about Trayvon’s case.

It’s worth noting that the Weinstein Company is behind Michael B. Jordan’s Fruitvale Station, a biographical drama that chronicled the 2009 shooting death of unarmed Black man, Oscar Grant.

Per Variety, the team met with Martin’s parents earlier this year to discuss the project. During the sit-down, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin reportedly explained they were concerned about one major thing: “Seeing their son’s life and legacy honored.”

Trayvon was just 17 years old when he was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. In July 2013, the 28-year-old was acquitted of second-degree murder after claiming he shot Martin in self defense.

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Meghan Markle Is Headed Back To The Small Screen…Kinda

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Meghan Markle may have left USA’s Suits after seven seasons, but the actress’ likeness will be making it’s way back to a TV very soon. Lifetime has announced that it’s planning a film based on Markle and her soon to be husband, Prince Harry’s whirlwind romance.

The cable network, known for it’s biopics, made the announcement on Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.

“And before the wedding of the year takes place between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Lifetime will debut a movie revealing how the stars aligned for this royal romance,” said Lifetime’s head of programming Liz Gateley.

Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story  (working title) will trace Prince Harry and Markle’s relationship from the day they met to the overwhelming media attention surrounding their eventual engagement, which was announced in November. It will also touch on their courtship after they were set up by mutual friends and depict Markle’s life as a divorced American actress.

Menhaj Huda, who helmed an episode of E!’s fictional Royal Family series The Royals is on hand to direct. Casting is currently underway.

No official date has been announced, but given Lifetime’s track record, fans should expect the movie to release a few days before the couples May 19 wedding. Back in 2011, Lifetime aired William & Kate: The Movie just days before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married on April 29.

 

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