Actress Taraji P. Henson and director John Singleton are teaming to develop a biopic about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago native boy who was tortured and murdered in Mississippi in 1955.
A 21-year-old white woman named Carolyn Bryant made incendiary claims about what Till said and did to her at a local grocery store, claims she admits she made up decades later.
Days later, Bryant’s husband gathered some friends, kidnapped Till and then savagely beat, tortured and murdered him. A jury acquitted the men, but photos of Till’s mutilated body were published in black publications across the country and helped spark the civil rights movement.
Henson will produce and star as Till’s mother, the woman who decided that her son’s funeral should have an open casket to show the world a terrifying glimpse at the hatred and cruelty that was put upon her boy.
Gregory Allen Howard (“Remember the Titans,” “Ali”) will write the script for the project which would be Singleton’s first film since 2011’s “Abduction”.