The Moonlight director will write and direct a one-hour original limited drama, The Underground Railroad, for the streaming service.
The drama will be adapted from Colson Whitehead's novel — a recent MashRead Choice — of the same name.
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The book follows a girl named Cora as she escapes a Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad.
“Going back to The Intuitionist, Colson’s writing has always defied convention, and The Underground Railroad is no different,” Jenkins said in a statement. “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. 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.” Read more...More about The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead, Amazon Studios, Amazon, and Tv