It appears that the deal between Jay Z and Weinstein Co. will continue to push on issues of racial justice: Per The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper-mogul and independent film behemoth have bought the rights to two books about the life and murder of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. Carter and Weinstein Co. will develop both a docu-series and a feature film based on the material. The two titles in question are Suspicion Nation, by NBC legal analyst and trial lawyer Lisa Bloom, which covers Zimmerman’s trial and eventual acquittal; and Rest in Power, written by Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, about their son’s life and the movement for justice that sprung from his tragic death. Jay Z’s first project to arise from his Weinstein deal is Time: The Kalief Browder Story, which looks at Browder’s three-year stint in Rikers Island, much of it spent in solitary confinement, despite never being convicted of a crime. Browder committed suicide in 2015. Time is currently airing on Spike.
Trayvon Martin. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images