Jay Z To Make Both Film And Documentary About Trayvon Martin

Carla Harmon
March 24, 2017

Jay Z and the Weinstein Co. are partnering to tell Trayvon Martin's story on the big and small screens.

Trayvon Martin's horrific story was integral in the Black Lives Matter movement, drawing worldwide attention when George Zimmerman (a member of his Florida neighbourhood watch) was acquitted of the 17-year-old's murder. The shooting sparked protests in cities around the country, but Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder in July 2013. Zimmerman claimed that he shot Martin in self-defense following a physical altercation. It examines Zimmerman's trial for murder and the ensuing acquittal.

Suspicion Nation, written by journalist Lisa Bloom who covered the shooting case for NBC, is sharply critical of Florida prosecutors' handling of the case as it follows news coverage. She looks at the mistakes made by prosecutors that caused them to lose what she describes as a "winnable case".

Jay Z signed a first-look deal with TWC in the fall, and he and studio chief Harvey Weinstein produced the recent prison reform docuseries Time: The Kalief Browder Story. The indie studio will also develop a narrative feature film. The Weinstein Company closed the deal last week.

Treyvon's parents wrote Rest in Power.

The authors were represented by Jan Miller and Lacy Lynch of Dupree Miller & Associates.

ABC News has reached out to reps for Jay Z and the Weinstein Company for comment.

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