We may soon be getting an in-depth, television glimpse into the tumultuous life and times of famous Black Nationalist leader, spokesman for the Nation of Islam, and civil rights leader, Malcolm X.
According to the Huffington Post, the outspoken civil rights leader of the 1950’s and 1960’s who was most notably portrayed by Denzel Washington in Spike Lee’s movie, “Malcolm X,” will be brought to life in an upcoming television series that is currently in the works.
Denzel Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1993 for his portrayal of the acclaimed activist in Lee’s epic movie about his life. The series, which has not yet been picked up by a network, will rely heavily on details from Manning Marable’s biography, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that independent studio, Critical Content, has purchased the rights to Marable’s book for the drama series. The book, published in 2011, won a Pulitzer Prize and is considered to be the preeminent account of Malcom X’s life. According to Deadline, many of the details that were revealed in the book were previously unknown, but will be brought forth in the upcoming series.
The pilot for the series is being written by David Matthews, a writer known for his writing for the “Boardwalk Empire” series.
No details have been provided regarding network negotiations that may be occurring and what network, if any, may pick up the series. Timing around when the series may debut is therefore unknown at this point.