Jay Z Is Producing Kalief Browder TV Series, Richard Pryor Biopic
Jay Z is working on some dope business ventures for the big and small screens. The Brooklyn rap mogul has just closed a deal to bring the story of Kalief Browder to television. Jay and Weinstein Television announced today (Oct. 6) that they've partnered with Spike TV to make it happen.
Kalief Browder, who was 22 at the time of his death, was arrested at the age of 16 and held at Rikers Island for three years without a conviction. During his time in limbo at Rikers, Browder, a native of the Bronx, was forced to endure months of solitary confinement, which contributed to his mental breakdown. Browder committed suicide at his Bronx home on June 6, 2015, sparking public outrage and shining a light on how negligent New York City's criminal justice system can be.
Executive produced by Jay himself, the six-part mini series will be called TIME: The Kalief Browder Story and it's slated to premiere on Spike in January 2017. In an official press release for the show, Spike said the series will use "first-person accounts, archival footage, and cinematic recreations of key scenes from Browder’s life" to illustrate Kalief's story.
And that's not all. While at the press conference for The Kalief Browder Story, Fader reports that Jay also announced he and Harvey Weinstein are working on creating a biopic based on the life of legendary comedian Richard Pryor.
"There's nothing more commercial than Richard Pryor," Jay said during the event. "His story is an American story."
All this news comes on the heels of Jay signing a two-year film and TV deal with Weinstein Company just last week. Looks like he isn't wasting any time getting busy.
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