The searing true crime docu-series format has been blowing up lately, with the Oscar-winning O.J.: Made in America, Netflix’s Making a Murderer and its upcoming series , which recounts the infamous murder case of young JonBenet Ramsey, all serving as recent prime examples.
Now, it appears, Jay Z is throwing his support behind the popular television genre as well.
Both Jay Z and producer Harvey Weinsten have announced a joint effort to release both a six-part docu-series and feature film about the tragic 2012 killing of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, by then 28 year-old George Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford, Florida.
Jay Z and Weinsten won a bidding auction for rights to two books about Martin; Suspicion Nation by Lisa Bloom, a legal pundit who reported on the case for ABC, and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Travon Martin, by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s parents. The Weinsten Company will use the books as source material for the upcoming film.
For better or worse, it appears that the ethically suspect true crime docu-series isn’t going to fizzle out any time soon. Fingers crossed that these upcoming adaptations treat the real subjects involved with the proper respect they are each owed.