“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins has been set to write and direct the Amazon Studios drama series about the famed Underground Railroad during the time of slavery in the United States. At present, Jenkins plans to direct the TV series in its entirety.
Currently in the development stage, the series will be based on “The Intuitionist” author Colson Whitehead’s best-selling book “The Underground Railroad”. An Oprah’s Book Club 2016 selection, the story chronicles a young girl’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.
Escaping a Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, she discovers it is no mere metaphor – but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Pastel Productions and Plan B will executive produce. In a statement, Jenkins says:
“Going back to ‘The Intuitionist,’ Colson’s writing has always defied convention, and ‘The Underground Railroad’ is no different. It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using the form to explore it in a thoughtful and original way. Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, innovative thinking and in Amazon we’ve found a partner whose reverence for storytelling and freeness of form is wholly in line with our vision.”
Jenkins recently directed an episode of the upcoming Netflix series “Dear White People” and previously helmed an episode of PBS’ “Futurestates.”