According to Variety, producers Fred Zollo and Thomas Levine will team with documentary filmmaker Keith Beauchamp to mount a dramatic feature about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old whose 1955 murder for whistling at a white woman became a galvanizing force in civil rights reform.
Beauchamp directed The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, the ThinkFilm-distributed docu that prompted the Justice Dept. to reopen Till's murder case. Doc exec producer Steven Laitmon will co-produce the feature.
For Zollo, project would mean a trifecta of civil rights dramas that focus on race crimes in Mississippi. He produced "Mississippi Burning" (1988), about the murder of three civil rights workers in 1964, and Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), a drama about the murder of activist Medgar Evers.
He'll set a writer shortly and then secure a director.