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?