Based on the book Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the six-part docuseries focuses on the killing of the Florida teenager that became a huge American talking point and helped spur the “Black Lives Matter” movement. The announcement comes on the six-year anniversary of his death.
The unarmed high school student was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman in Sanford, where they both lived. Zimmerman was acquitted of a second-degree murder charge after claiming he shot Martin in self-defense, sparking protests and outrage. Rest in Power delves into the heart of the story, which the network says is more than a tragic narrative about a young man’s life cut short — it’s a story about race, politics, power, money and the U.S. criminal justice system.
Carter will executive producer the series alongside authors Fulton and Martin — the latter of whom is Trayvon’s mother — Chachi Senior, Michael Gasparro, Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason and Nick Sandow. Furst and Nason will serve as co-directors on the project.