Jay-Z has cut a new deal with Netflix, and his most highly anticipated project with the streaming service will be a civil rights era thriller.
As part of his new deal with the streaming giant, the “Dead Presidents” rapper will executive produce the upcoming thriller “Forty Acres.” The film is based on the 2014 book by Dwayne Alexander and follows a civil rights lawyer who joins a prestigious Black organization. However, he soon discovers that the group possesses a terrifying secret.
While still in its developing stages, the project is being dubbed as a crossover between Jordan Peele’s 2017 blockbuster smash, “Get Out” and Tom Cruise’s 1993 drama “The Firm.”
Aside from Jay-Z, Smith, Mike Epps, and Dana Honor for Kapital Entertainment will executive produce. Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan will produce with Niles Kirchner, James Lassiter, and Bill Strauss.
HOV and Lassiter recently worked together to produce the all-Black western film “The Harder They Fall,” which is also on Netflix.
The billionaire rap mogul also has his hands in another civil rights era film project. He is currently producing the forthcoming six-part series “Women Of The Movement,” which will air on ABC. That series will focus on the most influential women who played vital roles in the civil rights movement. The series will kick off showcasing the life of Mamie Till Mobley, who embarked on a quest for justice and activism after the gruesome murder of her son Emmett Till in 1955.
“Forty Acres” does not have a release date as of yet.