Looks like the story of Emmett Till will make its way to the big screen and I must say I’m thoroughly excited about this!
Chaz Ebert and Shatterglass Films will bring his story to life educating those who does not know Emmett Till and the tragic death he suffered at the age of 14.
Roger Ebert’s, who was an American film critic, journalist and screenwriter, widow will adapt the Emmett Till book Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America into a film.
If you don’t know the horrific story already here’s the gist: In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was visiting relatives in Mississippi. After going to the store with a cousin he was kidnapped and viciously murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman. His face and body were so gravely mutilated and distorted that you could hardly recognize him leaving his mother to have an open-casket funeral to show the world what racism did to her son.
“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,” said Ebert, the widow of Roger Ebert.
Luke Boyce, Brett Hays and Jen Shelby are producing for Shatterglass, and Benson also is producing. Ebert and Nate Kohn are executive producing. The plan is to wrap principal photography next year after shoots in Chicago, the Mississippi Delta and Central Illinois.
This is story that needs to be told especially with race-related crimes plaguing our community. Times seem to be going back to the 50s/60s with how African Americans (most notably men) are getting picked off every other week. I can’t wait to see what brave young man will play Emmett.
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