Director Raoul Peck created the feature, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, using Baldwin’s notes and unfinished 30-page manuscript given to him by the Baldwin Estate. The novel was to look at the lives and assassinations of three civil rights icons who were also friends of Baldwin: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Baldwin was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. He published essays Notes of a Native Son, The Fire Next Time, and No Name in the Street, and the novels Go Tell it on the Mountain and Giovanni’s Room, among others. His novels fictionalize fundamental personal questions and dilemmas amid complex social and psychological pressures thwarting the equitable integration of black, gay, and bisexual men.
Magnolia’s Dori Begley and John Von Thaden closed the deal with ICM on behalf of the filmmakers. Wide House is repping international rights.
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