“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins has committed to helm all eleven episodes of his upcoming Amazon TV series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad” which has officially been ordered to series.
The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning novel follows Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood and when the recently arrived Caesar tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape.
Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, a relentless slave catcher of mythic origin, is close on their heels.
Jenkins, who will also executive produce along with Brad Pitt, says in a statement: “Working with Amazon and a wonderful group of screenwriters to develop Colson’s novel into a limited series has been an extremely rewarding experience. Translating his singular voice into a cohesive and equally singular visual language is a task I very much look forward to.”
The series does not yet have a premiere date, but is expected to air in 2019.