Director of ‘Moonlight’ Now Working On ‘Underground Railroad’ Series For Amazon

Published On March 30, 2017 | By patrice | Entertainment, The latest posts

Director of “Moonlight, Barry Jenkins is now planning to write and direct a one-hour drama series on the story of the Underground Railroad, which is currently in the works at Amazon, according to Variety publications.

This series will simply 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 book has sold more than 825,000 copies in the US alone, across all formats. It was also apart of Oprah’s Book Club selection of 2016, a New York Times bestseller, and the winner of the National Book Awards for Fiction.

This amazing book chronicles a character named Cora and her journey as she chooses to make a desperate bid gain her freedom by leaving the South.

After escaping the Georgia plantation that she’d lived on, Cora was able to discover an actual railroad filled with engineers and conductors, as well as a secret network of tracks and tunnels that existed beneath the Southern soil.

This is going to be Jenkins’ very first attempt in directing a television series in its entirety and we can’t wait to see it.

So, what are your thoughts on this news? There were many people that didn’t like ‘Moonlight’ for it’s content and so much more, however, this new series could definitely be a good one.

Comment your thoughts below and tell us what you’re thinking.

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