ABC has greenlight an order for a six-episode limited anthology series called Women of the Movement, as reported by Deadline. The limited series will focus on Mamie Till Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son following his brutal killing in the Jim Crow South.
Emmett Till was only 14 in 1955 when he was tortured and killed after being wrongfully accused of repeatedly harassing a white women. His murderers, Roy Bryan, the woman’s husband, and his half-brother J.W. Milam, were acquitted of all charges by an all white jury who spent less than an hour deliberating the case, finally reasoning that the state had misidentified the remains of Till’s body.
“Today marks 65 years since the tragic murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till,” said Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, via Variety. “This limited series will shine a light on the determined pursuit of justice by Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till Mobley. Their story involves inconceivable heartbreak and brutality but also the enduring love of a mother and her son, galvanizing a movement that carved the path for today’s racial justice movement. We are honored to be bringing their story to ABC backed by an all-star producing team.”
Women of the Movement is created by Marissa Jo Cerar (The Handmaid’s Tale), who will also act as showrunner on the series. Bina Prince-Bythewood (Shots Fired, Love & Basketball) will direct the first episode. Both Cerar and Bythewood are executive producers next to Jay-Z (The Great Gatsby), Jay Brown and Tryan “Ty Ty” Smith (State Property) of Rock Nation, Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment, Aaron Kaplan (The Chi, The Neighbors), Dana Honor (A Million Little Things) and Michael Lohmann (Guest Artist, Brothers) from Kapital Entertainment, Rosanna Grace of Serendipity Film Group, Alex Foster (Sleepless) and John Powers Middleton (The Lego Movie) of Middleton Media Group, and David Clark of Mazo Partners. Kapital Entertainment will produce.
“I am thrilled to bring this project to television. It is unfortunately very timely, and my hope is to give the audience a chance to learn who Emmett Till really was – the boy, rather than the victim or the martyr – while also showcasing Mamie’s astonishing strength in the face of a mother’s worst nightmare,” said Cerar in Variety. “Telling Emmett and Mamie’s story is a responsibility I have not taken lightly since I began this journey last year, because this is more than a tragedy; it’s a story about a mother’s unwavering live of her son and her commitment to bettering the lives of all Black people. I can’t wait to start filming. With the brilliant Gina Prince-Bythewood as our director, we could not be in better hands.”