Whoopi Goldberg Producing Movie on Emmett Till

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Whoopi Goldberg, Keith A. Beauchamp and Frederick Zollo are teaming up to produce a film about Emmett Till’s murder in 1955.

The film, titled “Till,” will go into production early next year. In addition to Goldberg, Beauchamp and Zollo, producers also include Thomas K. Levine, Paul Kurta and Susan Rose.

Till, 14, was tortured and lynched on Aug. 28, 1955, after reportedly whistling at a white woman while visiting relatives in Money, Miss. His murder ignited the Civil Rights Movement.

“Till” will be based on Beauchamp’s 2004 documentary “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till,” and Simeon Wright’s “Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till.” Beauchamp’s film led the U.S. government to reopen the Till case in 2007.

Producers are launching a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for the production.

“Here is a story that is as much a part of American history as the Boston Tea Party and may stand as the greatest argument for getting rid of sanctioned racism,” Goldberg said. “Emmett Till’s brutal death at the hands of ignorant, brutish people exposes the Jim Crow-era South that gave the implicit OK to uphold that kind of racism without any real fear of repercussions. Today, the return of rampant, unchallenged racism cries out for the telling of Emmett Till’s story again.”

Zollo produced Civil Rights dramas “Mississippi Burning” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Goldberg starred in the latter film.

Two other Till projects were announced in May: Skyland Pictures and FireRock Bay Pictures are producing an Emmett Till movie based on the play “The Face of Emmett Till,” and Shatterglass Films and Chaz Ebert are developing a film based on the book “Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America.” Jay Z and Will Smith are also developing an HBO miniseries based on Till’s life with Aaron Kaplan.

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  1. Charles O. White says:

    Please make movies about George Stinney, Emmett Till and other black youths who were innocent, we today need these kinds of movies since we suppose to be celebrating Black History Month, Please no comedy are some silly movies.

  2. BENTENTEN says:

    From what I’m reading, it seems that none of the the above mentioned, studios or personalities, who are making an “attempt” to produce this move, about Emmett Till, with do the film, and it’s message any real justice, as the events need told and presented, with every gruesome detail. But will, most likely, only be white washed by Hollywood execs, or or toned down by those celebs who don’t want to rattle the feathers of the white supremacist of the business from whom their bread and butter are received from. I’d like to a personality like a Tariq Nasheed produce and direct this film, the producer of all the Hidden Colors documentary series. I believe only such an individual, who’s not being held in place by the chains of the establishment, can do this film the justice it, and the family involved deserves. – BEN TEN TEN

  3. Melanie Holmes says:

    I just saw the play this weekend, Anne and Emmett, by Playwright Janet Langhart Cohen, which was set to open in 2009 at the Natl Holocaust Museum in Washington DC when a man gunned down a guard, out of hatred. Anne and Emmett is about the fictitious meeting of Anne Frank and Emmett Till, who both were murdered because of prejudice, both died young, both were taught the “rules” (to be silent, ie, not talk back for Til, and for Anne, to be quiet in the 2 yrs they hid from the Nazis). Langhart Cohen was born the same year as Till, she remembers her parents faces when the news broke of his murder, and she’s written a play that highlights the reality that Hate & Fear kills. Fear of those different from us, Hate for those not like us. I was honored to escort the cast of the play to Till’s grave site yesterday. Langhart Cohen’s aim is to educate in order to eradicate Hate. It’s a lofty goal, one we can make more leeway when we stand together.



  5. Darryl T. Smith says:

    I try to love all people, because this is what my mother and grandmother raised me up to do. I’m 52 years old and I believe with all my heart that racism is a problem that will not go away. we can only tell stories from the past that may help some people to see where black folks are coming fromwhen we get stopped by the authorities and are slow to get out of the car, it’s not because you’re being disobedient, it’s because we are just playing scared and don’t want any problems. the Emmett Till story should be not only told, but should be played in each and every theater across the nation, not just in black theaters in black neighborhoods.

  6. Fa' Whoopie says:

    And who are again ???? I’ll wait …
    EXACTLY !!!!!

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