Jenkins’ ‘Underground’

The next project for Barry Jenkins, director and co-writer of 2016’s best movie Moonlight? An Amazon Prime adaptation of 2016’s best novel The Underground Railroad.

Moonlight captured the best picture Oscar, with Jenkins getting a writing award, while Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad won the National Book Award for fiction. Amazon’s limited series based on the book will be written and directed by Jenkins. Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, co-producer of Moonlight, will also be on board, in conjunction with Jenkins’ company Pastel. Timing was not announced.

Amazon Prime, meanwhile, will be the exclusive streaming home for Moonlight, starting May 21.

Joe Lewis, head of comedy, drama and VR at Amazon Studios, called Whitehead’s book “a sweeping, character-driven, boundary-destroying epic.” Here’s Amazon’s plot description: Cora, a young girl, “makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the southern soil.”


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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