Taraji P. Henson (Proud Mary, Hustle and Flow) and John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood) are working on an Emmitt Till Biopic. She will be producing the film with her TPH production company, and also starring in the film as Emmett Till’s mother. Taraji P. Henson confirmed this in an interview with Blogxilla of Global Grind. John Singleton will be directing.
Vanity Fair reported in February of 2017 that John Singleton was attached to an Emmett Till film. Taraji P. Henson wasn’t named as being apart of the project then. The film was to be produced by Micheal De Luca (American History X) and Laray Mayfield (Fight Club). The screenplay was to be done by Micheal Roden and Jerry Mitchell, the MacArthur award winning journalist whose reporting helped convict four Klu Klux Klan members for hate crimes in the 60s. The only name still attached from this group is John Singleton.
For those of you who have never heard the story of Emmett Till, here’s the short version:
The story of Emmett Till (July 25, 1941- August 28, 1955) is terribly horrifying and should be told to this generation in one of the best ways possible. Emmett Till was a fourteen year old boy from Chicago, who went to Mississippi to visit his family. While visiting his family, he and his cousins went to a corner store. He saw a white woman, and whistled at her, told her she was pretty, something to that nature. Later on that night, he would be taken from his cousin’s home, and lynched. His body was found beaten and bloated in a lake tied to a boat fan.
His mother, Mamie Till Bradley, did not have a closed casket as recommended. She wanted to “Show the world what they did to her baby.” Magazines picked it up across the states, and this story pushed the Civil Rights movement. His killers were not convicted at first, and his accuser Carolyn Bryant Donham recently admitted on her death bed that she lied about what happened. This has risen many new questions about what happened that day.
The film has no timetable or release date as of yet. This story has been told in history classes and been examined on television. There has never been a theatrical feature film about Emmett Till.
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Taraji P. Henson stars in Proud Mary which is in theaters this Friday!