The harrowing tale of 14-year-old Emmett Till and his lynching death in the Mississippi Delta was a pivotal point of the Civil Rights Movement. A movie based on Till’s late mother’s 2004 book is forthcoming, and film critic Roger Ebert‘s widow, Chaz Ebert, is helping to develop the project.
Variety reported on the upcoming film, which is based on the book, “Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America.” The late Mamie Till-Mobley co-authored the book with journalist Christopher Benson. Ebert is working alongside Shatterglass Films in developing the film, which has not been formally titled.
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“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.
The film will start filming in the Mississippi Delta and Central Illinois in 2016. A director will be selected at a later time.