Roger Ebert‘s widow Chaz Ebert will bring Emmett Till’s story to the big screen in the film-adaptation of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, a book penned by his mother Mamie Till-Mobley and journalist Christopher Benson.
Till was lynched in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a White woman. His death galvanized the Civil Rights movement.
“The full Emmett Till story needs to be told now and told well as a narrative for our times, given all that is happening on American streets today and Shatterglass Films are the people to tell it,” Ebert said.
Filming is slated to begin next year in Illinois and Mississippi.