[Blackstudies-l] “A Brief History of Seven Killings” to be adapted for Amazon Studios

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ivetteromero posted: " Many thanks to Geoffrey Philp for sharing the news
“'Insecure' Director to Adapt Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel for Amazon
Studios” from the Hollywood Reporter; Marlon James is working on an
adaptation of A Brief History of Seven Killings for Amazon Stu"
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*Many thanks to Geoffrey Philp for sharing the news “'Insecure' Director to
Adapt Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel for Amazon Studios” from the Hollywood
Reporter
<http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/insecure-director-adapt-man-booker-prize-winning-novel-amazon-studios-1042835>;
Marlon James is working on an adaptation of A Brief History of Seven
Killings for Amazon Studios. Melina Matsoukas, chief director of the HBO
series Insecure, is developing the project as a series:*

Marlon James is writing the adaptation of 'A Brief History of Seven
Killings' with Jill Soloway, Eric Roth and Malcolm Spellman on board as
executive producers.

Melina Matsoukas, chief director of the HBO series *Insecure*, is tackling
an adaptation of the award-winning Marlon James novel *A Brief History of
Seven Killings* for Amazon Studios. Matsoukas is developing the project as
a series and will executive produce as well as direct the episodes. Teaming
with her is James, who will write the script as well as executive produce,
while Malcolm Spellman, a writer and co-executive producer on Empire, will
be the showrunner and exec produce as well.

Seven Killings begins with the attempted assassination of reggae icon Bob
Marley and explores its aftermath, looking at one vital day in multiple
time periods. The novel looked at Jamaican politics, poverty, race, class
and the volatile relationship between the U.S. and the Caribbean, and
traced the connection between CIA efforts to destabilize a left-wing
Jamaican government in the 1970s to the brutal realities of gang wars in
the Kingston ghettos and their spread to New York in the 1980s.

“A Brief History of Seven Killings is a complex story that needs to be
told, about a people whose voices need to be heard,” Matsoukas said Monday
in a statement. “It’s been my dream to bring this story to life onscreen
since reading the first line of Marlon’s book. I am deeply honored to be
entrusted with this tapestry of stories so entrenched in roots, reggae,
race, mysticism and politics, while working alongside Marlon to ensure an
authentic portrayal of his words.”

Other big names involved with the project include *Transparent* creator
Jill Soloway and her Topple Productions partner Andrea Sperling, who are
exec producing. Eric Roth, who wrote Forrest Gumpas well as The Curious
Case of Benjamin Button, is also exec producing. Carly Kahane will oversee
the series for Topple.

Matsoukas made a name for herself in the video world directing spots for
Beyonce, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. However, she has quickly become highly
sought-after for both television and film with her work on Insecure. She
has also directed episodes of Netflix's *Master of None*. Matsoukas is
repped by CAA, MXN Entertainment and attorney Bianca Levin of Gang, Tyre.
James is repped by UTA and Ellen Levine at Trident Media Group.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/insecure-director-
adapt-man-booker-prize-winning-novel-amazon-studios-1042835
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