Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Home TV Women of the Movement Series Ordered by ABC

Women of the Movement Series Ordered by ABC

-

ABC has ordered limited Women of the Movement series that will debut in 2021, it was announced today by Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment.

The Women of the Movement series will be comprised of six episodes focusing on Mamie Till Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till following his brutal murder in the Jim Crow South.

The story is inspired by the book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Devery S. Anderson. Women of the Movement is created by Marissa Jo Cerar (The Handmaid’s Tale, 13 Reasons Why, Shots Fired), who will also serve as a writer and showrunner.

The first episode will be directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Old Guard, Love & Basketball, Shots Fired).

“Today marks 65 years since the tragic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till. This limited series will shine a light on the determined pursuit of justice by Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley,” said Burke.

“Their story involves inconceivable heartbreak and brutality but also the enduring love of a mother and her son, galvanizing a movement that carved the path for today’s racial justice movement. We are honored to be bringing their story to ABC backed by an all-star producing team.”

“I am thrilled to bring this project to television. It is unfortunately very timely, and my hope is to give the audience a chance to learn who Emmett Till really was – the boy, rather than the victim or the martyr – while also showcasing Mamie’s astonishing strength in the face of a mother’s worst nightmare,” added Marissa Jo Cerar.

“Telling Emmett and Mamie’s story is a responsibility I have not taken lightly since I began this journey last year, because this is more than a tragedy; it’s a story about a mother’s unwavering love of her son and her commitment to bettering the lives of all Black people. I can’t wait to start filming. With the brilliant Gina Prince-Bythewood as our director, we could not be in better hands.”

“The story of Emmett Till and Mamie Till is not one I want to tell. It is a story I need to tell,” said Gina Prince-Bythewood.

“I am grateful to be on this journey with incredible collaborators who are determined to honor this mother and son with truth, authenticity and humanity.”

The Women of the Movement series is produced by Kapital Entertainment. Jay-Z, Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith (Roc Nation), and Will Smith and James Lassiter (Overbrook) will executive produce.

Also executive producing are Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Michael Lohmann (Kapital Entertainment); Marissa Jo Cerar, Gina Prince-Bythewood; Rosanna Grace (Serendipity Film Group); Alex Foster and John Powers Middleton (Middleton Media Group); and David Clark (Mazo Partners).

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links through which we earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase, at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!

Receive all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

COMMENTS

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Mirko Parlevliethttp://VitalThrills.com
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

LATEST NEWS

The New Trailer for The Trial of the Chicago 7

Netflix has revealed the new trailer for The Trial of the Chicago 7, the Aaron Sorkin film opening in select theaters in...

Liv Tyler Not Returning for 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 2

Liv Tyler has decided not to return for 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 2 due to COVID-19-related travel issues. The actress was commuting...

HBO Max Debuts Equal, Haute Dog and Stylish Trailers

HBO Max today revealed the trailers for the four-part docuseries Equal, competition series Haute Dog, and the series Stylish with Jenna Lyons....

Run Release Date Set for November on Hulu

Hulu announced today it has set the Run release date for Friday, November 20, 2020. The Lionsgate production was previously scheduled to...

West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote Debuts in October

Standing in solidarity with the spirit behind National Voter Registration Day, HBO Max announced today that A West Wing Special to Benefit...

2020 Billboard Music Awards Nominations Led by Post Malone

dick clark productions and NBC today announced the 2020 Billboard Music Awards nominations. The awards honor the year’s most successful artists in...