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Taraji P. Henson Teams with John Singleton to Produce ‘Emmett Till’ Film

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*The huge success that “Empire” actress Taraji P. Henson has had over the years is now taking her behind the camera. 

In a surprise announcement, Henson has revealed that she will be producing and starring in a film based on the murder of Emmett Till. The project will be helmed by John Singleton.

During an interview with GlobalGrind, Henson said, “We don’t have a start date yet, but the deal definitely has been done. That’s one [film] that I’ve been passionate about since Trayvon Martin was murdered.”

Henson will portray Till’s mother, the late Mamie Till-Mobley, in the tentatively titled “The Emmett Till Story.”

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This collaboration between Henson and Singleton was first mentioned in a February 2017 Vanity Fair round-up of other Till-centric projects in the works, per Paste magazine.

Here are the other projects on Emmett Till that have been announced over the past few years. The status of these projects is currently unknown:

Per Shadow And Act:

“– In 2016, Whoopi Goldberg has now also signed up to direct an Emmett Till film in her narrative feature directorial debut. This Emmett Till film hails from Keith A. Beauchamp (the director of the 2005 documentary, The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till) and producer Frederick Zollo (Mississippi Burning, Ghosts of Mississippi), and will be based on Beauchamp’s documentary, as well as Simeon Wright’s Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till.”

“– A film produced by the late Roger Ebert’s wife Chaz Ebert, based on the book, “Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America,” co-written by Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley (who passed away in 2003), and journalist Christopher Benson. No director, writer or cast attached.

“– Another film would be based on the play, The Face of Emmett Till. Skyland Pictures and FireRock Bay Pictures are behind the project, which James Moll is attached to direct, from a script penned by David Barr III and David Scott Hay, who are also co-producing. And just like the Chaz Ebert project, which will be based on a book co-written by Emmett Till’s mother, the play that this film will be based on, was also co-written by Till’s mother, the late Mamie Till-Mobley, along with David Barr III. The Face of Emmett Till is a true-to-life dramatization of the death of Till and the aftermath. The film adaptation had been set for a 2016 shoot in Chicago and Mississippi.”

“– An HBO miniseries, from a producing team that includes Will Smith, Jay-Z and Aaron Kaplan, based on Devery Anderson’s 2015 biography, Emmett TillDeadline had described the series is described as “an immersive and in-depth exploration of the Emmett Till story.” Steven Caple, Jr., who was just recently announced as the new director for Creed 2, was on board to write the script for the 6-hour miniseries.”

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