Jay Z has signed on to produce a feature film and docuseries on the life and death of Trayvon Martin, it has been announced.
The rapper will produce as part of an ongoing deal with The Weinstein Company, after collectively winning a bidding war for the rights to two books about Martin.
In 2012, a 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman while walking home, unarmed. Zimmerman was acquitted following a highly-publicised murder trial, which resulted in protests that inspired the Black Lives Matter movement happening globally today.
The two projects will be based upon the two 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" - while Martin's parents oversee the production.
The six-part docuseries will most likely be released first, as the process of a narrative film will take longer.
The Weinstein Company were behind the critically-acclaimed "Fruitvale Station", a film about Oscar Grant - an unarmed young black man killed by police in 2009.
Trayvon Martin's tragic death has inspired an incredible movement and created a legacy in his name which deserves to be told respectfully, and his story must be told at this crucial time in history.