Jay Z and The Weinstein Co. Will Bring A Trayvon Martin Docuseries to Paramount Network in 2018
Jay Z and The Weinstein Co.’s partnership appears to be a successful one as they have just announced plans for their second project. In 2018, Spike TV will be rebranded as Paramount Network, and you can expect the network’s first non-scripted project to be a Trayvon Martin docuseries, Rest In Power.
The hip hop mogul and the esteemed film company will be producing the documentary as they have also acquired the rights to 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.’ Along with a docuseries, there will also be a feature film.
“Rest In Power,” will feature the life and the legacy the 17-year-old Florida teenager left behind when he was shot in 2012 by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. After a lengthy trial, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and claimed he shot Martin in self defense.
Jay Z said of the project, “This is an important American story. We’re honored that Trayvon’s family has entrusted us to share the truth with the world. Thank you, again, to Paramount Network/Spike TV for being brave enough to partner with us and tell these complex narratives. It’s through these conversations that we can begin to heal.”
Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, released a statement about “Rest In Power,” saying, “We continue to tell our story in order to unite people. We are very hopeful that this project will bring about a healthy and helpful conversation on the injustices that have divided society. We know as parents that the third act of our son’s legacy is hope.”
This will be the second docuseries Jay Z and The Weinstein Co, partner on, with the first being the six-part series, ‘TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,’ about a young man who spent three years at Rikers Island for a crime he did’t do and once he was released, he committed suicide.
The series brought to light the issues of mass incarceration in the United States and corruption in the prison and justice system.