One of the most prolific and controversial figures in human history will soon be the subject of a new TV series. As first reported by Variety, a biographical series about the life of Malcolm X is in the early stages of development.
Sony Pictures Television will produce the series in collaboration with TriStar. The project will be based on the novels X: A Novel and The Awakening of Malcolm X, both of which were co-written by Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm’s daughter. Moreover, Shabazz will serve as an executive producer for the upcoming series as well. Bob Tietel (Barbershop) and George Tillman (The Hate U Give) are on-board to produce the series as well.
Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. He rose to prominence as a vocal spokesman for the Nation of Islam, as well as his lifelong advocacy for Black empowerment. Throughout his life, beginning in the 1950s, Malcolm endured surveillance from the FBI. Unfortunately, on February 21, 1965, Malcolm was assassinated in Manhattan.
Most recently, Malcolm was depicted in the Oscar-nominated film One Night in Miami, portrayed by Kingsley Ben-Adir. However, Denzel Washington famously embodied the historical figure in Spike Lee‘s 1992 film Malcolm X. Washington earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for the role.
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