August 28, 1955, is the day that a Black teenager from Chicago was murdered in Mississippi by a group of white men. That teen was Emmett Till and his crime was allegedly whistling at a white woman. Although the killers were never brought to justice, Till’s death and open-casket funeral (that his mother Mamie TIll Mobley demanded) is viewed as the catalyst that kicked off the Civil Rights movement. Now, Chinonye Chukwu, writer and director of Clemency is going to tell Emmett and Mamie’s story in an upcoming and yet untitled biopic.
“I am deeply honored to be telling this story and working with such an incredible producing team,” says Chinonye Chukwu. “Amidst the pain and brutality that is inherent to Mamie and Emmett’s story, I intend to delve deeply into their humanities, the love and joy they shared, and the activist consciousness that grows within Mamie as she seeks justice for her son.”
The film is based on the 27 years of investigation that filmmaker Keith Beauchamp completed and turned over to the authorities. His work led the FBI to reopen the case is 2018, although justice has still gone unserved.
“I’m truly excited that we are teaming up with Chinonye to tell this powerful story. With Emmett Till’s name being spoken today among Black Lives Matter chants, it is more important than ever to understand why this senseless murder took place and the selfless actions taken by my dear friend Mrs Mamie Till Mobley that led to the mobilization of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement,” explains Keith Beauchamp. This isn’t a movie, it’s a movement.”
Chukwu wrote the script and will produce alongside Beauchamp, Whoopi Goldberg, and others. Barbara Broccoli, Thomas K Levine, Michael J P Reilly, and Frederick Zollo. The film is set for release in 2021. Emmett would’ve been 80 years old.
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