On the heels of his successful feature debut The Land, Steven Caple Jr. has been tapped to write HBO’s high-profile Emmett Till miniseries from an A-list producing team that includes Jay-Z, Will Smith, Casey Affleck and Aaron Kaplan.
The untitled mini, now in development, will tell the tragic story of 14-year-old black teen Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered after allegedly flirting with a white woman in Mississippi in 1955, with his savage murder galvanizing the emerging civil rights movement. Caple will write a script based on the book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked The World And Propelled The Civil Rights Movement by Devery Anderson.
The project is being executive produced by Roc Nation’s Jay-Z, Jay Brown and Ty Ty Smith, Overbrook Entertainment’s Will Smith and James Lassiter, Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan, The Affleck Middleton Project’s Casey Affleck and John Middleton, Serendipity Film Group’s Rosanna Grace, as well as Alex Foster and David Clark.
Caple wrote and directed The Land, about skateboarders caught in the drug world of his native Cleveland. The film, his feature debut, was selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by IFC Films. He is repped by WME and Untitled.