When Jay Z inked a two-year TV and film development deal with The Weinstein Company many wondered what the first projects from the deal would be.
Jigga annouced that he’s releasing a six-part docuseries about Kalief Browder. The NYC teen was accused of stealing a backpack and was sent to Rikers Island for 3 years without trial. Two out of three of those years he spent in solitary confinement. A few months after his release, he committed suicide.
“Kalief Browder is a modern-day prophet; his story a failure of the judicial process,” Jay told The Hollywood Reporter. “A young man, and I emphasize young man, who lost his life because of a broken system. His tragedy has brought atrocities to light and now we must confront the issues and events that occurred so other young men can have a chance at justice.”
On Thursday, (Oct. 6) Hov and Harve Weinstein also announced an upcoming biopic about the life of comic Richard Pryor. While several biopics about Pryor has been in the works for several years, Jay and Weinstein joke at the two working on more “commercial” projects, “there’s nothing more commercial than Richard Pryor. His story is an American story,” Jay Z said.
The docuseries on Kalief Browder is set to premiere on Spike in January.