Variety is reporting Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and the Weinstein Company have acquired the rights to both 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. Lisa Bloom’s Suspicion Nation recounts her experience covering the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin for NBC. Rest in Power is a personal story about Martin’s childhood and the aftermath of his death written by his parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
A six part docu-series is in the works to be produced by Jay Z. There are also plans for feature film.
The 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Martin brought about the Black Lives Matter movement. The shooting and trial that followed started a national debate about racial profiling and inequities of the criminal justice system. Zimmerman claimed he shot the unarmed teen in self defense. His acquittal sparked protests around the country.
The Weinstein Company confirmed the deal, but declined to offer comment.