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Moonlight director Barry Jenkins developing Underground Railroad series for Amazon

2 April 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oscar-nominated Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is teaming up with Amazon Studios to write and direct an hourlong drama series based around the Underground Railroad, which will be based upon Colson Whitehead’s bestselling book The Underground Railroad.

“Going back to The Intuitionist, Colson’s writing has always defied convention, and The Underground Railroad is no different,” Jenkins tells Variety. “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.”

The Underground Railroad “chronicles young Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, »

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Amazon developing 'The Underground Railroad' with Barry Jenkins

27 March 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Brad Pitt’s Plan B set to executive produce.

Amazon has announced that Moonlight director Barry Jenkins [pictured centre] is developing a script-to-series one-hour original limited drama based on Colson Whitehead’s award winning novel The Underground Railroad. The Oscar-winner is set to write and direct. 

The Underground Railroad, published by Doubleday, was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. The story chronicles young Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. 

After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.

“Going back to The Intuitionist, Colson’s writing has always defied convention, and The Underground Railroad is no different,” said Barry Jenkins

“It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using »

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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins to Write, Direct ‘Underground Railroad’ Series at Amazon

27 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins will write and direct a one-hour drama series about the Underground Railroad currently in development at Amazon, Variety has learned. The series will be based on Colson Whitehead’s best-selling book, “The Underground Railroad.”

“Going back to ‘The Intuitionist,’ Colson’s writing has always defied convention, and ‘The Underground Railroad’ is no different,” Jenkins said. “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.”

Published by Doubleday, “The Underground Railroad” has sold over 825,000 copies in the United States across all formats. An Oprah’s Book Club 2016 selection, New York Times bestseller, and the winner of the 2016 National Book Award »

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