ABC will become the official network of Will Smith and Jay-Z’s upcoming docuseries about Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley.
“Deadline” reports that ABC made the announcement on the 65th anniversary of Emmett Till’s death. The network will debut the six-part series.
In a statement, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke said, “Today marks 65 years since the tragic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till. This limited series will shine a light on the determined pursuit of justice by Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley. Their story involves inconceivable heartbreak and brutality but also the enduring love of a mother and her son, galvanizing a movement that carved the path for today’s racial justice movement. We are honored to be bringing their story to ABC backed by an all-star producing team.”
Jay-Z will executive produce the project, along with Roc Nation’s Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith. James Lassiter and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment will produce along with Marissa Jo Cerar.
Notable contributors include Micheal Lohmann, Dana Honor, and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Love and Basketball’s Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct the first episode of the series.
Inspired by Devery S. Anderson’s book “Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement,” the project is scheduled for a 2021 premiere.