Barry Jenkins is taking on a topic of historically epic proportions. The Moonlight director is set to bring Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel about the Underground Railroad to Amazon. Per Deadline:
Amazon has put in development The Underground Railroad with a script-to-series commitment. The one-hour original limited drama, a new take on the famed underground railroad, hails from Oscar-winning Moonlight writer/director Barry Jenkins and producers Plan B and Adele Romanski.
The project, which was taken to the marketplace in the fall when Moonlight was just starting to gain awards momentum that culminated in winning 3 Academy Awards, is based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel “The Underground Railroad”. The book, published in August by Doubleday, is a 2016 National Book Award winner and Oprah Book Club pick. It has drawn critical praise for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable – moving beyond the boundaries of realism in its depiction of a mythical underground train that transports slaves across an alternate America.
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, 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.
Future Emmy Awards contender? Let’s hope so.