Malcolm X Scripted TV Series in the Works From “Boardwalk Empire” Writer


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Critical Content is developing a series based on Manning Marable’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, the company announced Tuesday.

Boardwalk Empire writer David Matthews is attached to adapt the series, based on Marable’s book, which uncovered astonishing and previously unknown details of Malcolm X’s evolution into an icon of the civil rights movement.

Critical Content’s Tom Forman, Andrew Marcus, and Ray Ricord are executive producing and Dr. Leith Mullings and Michael Tyner will serve as producers and consultants.

The company is in discussions with other filmmakers to join the project and is also planning an accompanying documentary which will chronicle Malcolm X’s legacy.

Malcolm X has been a popular figure to fictionalize on screen, most recently played by Nigel Thatch in Ava Duvernay’s 2014 film Selma and perhaps most famously by Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s 1992 feature film Malcolm X

James Earl Jones, Al Freeman Jr. and Morgan Freeman have also portrayed Malcolm X on screen.

Critical Content’s credits include CBS drama Limitless and MTV’s Catfish.

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