The Weinstein Company confirmed today that Jay Z will be contributing to the production of a mini-documentary series and film about the life of Trayvon Martin.
The rapper signed a deal with the company last September, agreeing to contribute to the production of a variety of film and television projects.
After 17-year old Martin was shot and killed in his neighborhood in 2012, his story became national news surrounding racial profiling and the eventual Black Lives Matter movement.
The books Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by Lisa Bloom and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin written by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, are the inspirations for the new productions.
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According to Variety.com, the project attracted many other studios, but Jay Z and the Weinstein Company sealed the deal. They met with Martin’s parents in late February where they expressed their main priority was to honor their late son’s legacy.
Pop star Jason Derulo commented on the news saying the production will “touch a lot of hearts.”