After a whirlwind awards season and an epic win for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards for Moonlight, director, Barry Jenkins, is showing no signs of slowing down.
The Oscar winner has lined up his next project, and this time it’s an Amazon series. Jenkins will write and direct a one-hour drama about the Underground Railroad for Amazon’s streaming service. There is no release date at the moment, but the series will be based on the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, Colson Whitehead’s best-seller, The Underground Railroad.’ The book centers on the journey of a young woman trying to escape the antebellum South using the route Harriet Tubman made famous.
Jenkins described the book saying, “It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using the form to explore it in a thoughtful and original way. Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, innovative thinking and in Amazon we’ve found a partner whose reverence for storytelling and freeness of form is wholly in line with our vision.”
This won’t be Jenkins’ first time dabbling in television. Expect to see his name in the credits for an episode of Netflix’s upcoming series, Dear White People, as director.
If Moonlight was just the tip of the iceberg for Jenkins’ talent, we know this series will be must-see!