Shatterglass Films and Chaz Ebert are developing an Emmett Till movie based on the book “Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America.”
The book was co-written by Till’s mother, the late Mamie Till-Mobley, and journalist Christopher Benson.
Till was 14 and visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta when he was lynched after reportedly whistling at a white woman in 1955. Till’s murder galvanized the Civil Rights Movement.
“The full Emmett Till story needs to be told now and told well as a narrative for our times, given all that is happening on American streets today and Shatterglass Films are the people to tell it,” Ebert said.
Luke Boyce, Brett Hays and Jen Shelby are producing for Shatterglass Films. Christopher Benson is also producing, while Ebert and Nate Kohn are executive producing.
A director has not been selected yet. Producers are planning to shoot the film in the Mississippi Delta and Central Illinois in 2016.
Ebert is the widow of the late film critic Roger Ebert.
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