The 'Moonlight' director will create the one-hour series for Amazon.

Paula Rogo
Mar, 28, 2017

Barry Jenkins is already working on his next project!

After the critical success of Moonlight, he has been tapped to write and direct a one-hour drama series about the Underground Railroad for Amazon, Variety reports.

The series, which doesn’t have a release date just yet, will be based on Colson Whitehead’s best-selling book, “The Underground Railroad.” The winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, the novel follows a young woman’s journey as she attempts to flee antebellum South through the famous escape route. 

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“It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using the form to explore it in a thoughtful and original way,” Jenkins said of the book. “Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, innovative thinking and in Amazon we’ve found a partner whose reverence for storytelling and freeness of form is wholly in line with our vision.”

Although he has directed for TV — like an upcoming episode of the Netflix series “Dear White People” — this will be Jenkins' first effort to direct an entire season of a show.

We don't doubt he’ll do the book justice. Will you be watching?