TriStar Plans A “Malcolm X” TV Series

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar is reportedly developing a TV series based on the life of Malcolm X.

The books “X: A Novel” and “The Awakening of Malcolm X,” co-written by Malcolm’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, will be used as the basis for the series.

The first book followed his life from his childhood – including his father being lynched and his mother being institutionalized against her will – to his imprisonment at age twenty.

‘Awakening’ continues the story during his time in prison when he decided to join the Nation of Islam, ultimately emerging from incarceration as Malcolm X.

Shabazz will executive produce the series along with Bob Tietel, George Tillman, Jermaine Johnson and Molly Madden. Denzel Washington played Malcolm X in Spike Lee’s 1992 film, while Kingsley Ben-Adir recently played him in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami”.

Source: Variety

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