What’s next? That’s the question on everyone’s mind after director Barry Jenkins won a Best Picture Oscar for his masterpiece, Moonlight.
It turns out the director is going to be a very busy man. Jenkins is teaming up with Plan B, the production company behind Moonlight, to adapt Colson Whitehead’s brilliant 2016 novel, The Underground Railroad. The adaptation will be a limited series, details are still sparse.
“Going back to ‘The Intuitionist,’ Colson’s writing has always defied convention, and ‘The Underground Railroad’ is no different,” Jenkins told 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.”
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins to Write, Direct Underground Railroad Series at Amazon <a href=”https://t.co/wZsqKNGon4″>https://t.co/wZsqKNGon4</a></p>— Variety (@Variety) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Variety/status/846391433141649409″>March 27, 2017</a></blockquote>
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The Underground Railroad is a book in which the underground railroad functions as an actual train and railroad route. The book became an instant best-seller after Oprah Winfrey added the novel to her book club.