Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in February 2012. He was 17 years old. His death, and Zimmerman’s acquittal sparked a movement within the black community.
Like “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” which airs Wednesday nights on Spike TV, Jay Z is working on a 6-part series about Trayvon. After winning a heated bidding war for the rights of 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,” Trayvon’s story will finally come to the small screen.
“Suspicion Nation” was written by Lisa Bloom, who documents her experience covering the Zimmerman trial for NBC. Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, wrote “Rest in Power,” a more personal story about Trayvon’s childhood and the aftermath of his death.
The Weinstein Company, who Jay Z partnered with in September, is known for their work on the highly acclaimed film, “Fruitvale Station.”