Melina Matsoukas Will Direct and Executive Produce Marlon James Novel-adapted Series


We couldn’t be more proud of our girl Melina Matsoukas. Her résumé already boasts a ton of #goals-worthy accomplishments including her work as Director for Issa Rae‘s HBO Comedy series Insecure. Now, she’s taking to Amazon Studios where she’ll executive produce and direct a series based on Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings. The Man Booker Prize-winning novel is a fictional story collection that details life’s chaos in late ’70s Kingston, Jamaica. A cast of characters recount the upheaval from drugs, violence, murder and political corruption through the years (and decades) following an incident in Bob Marley’s home from Jamaica’s capital to The Bronx and Miami.

Melina has been quoted as saying, “‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ is a complex story that needs to be told, about a people whose voices need to be heard…It’s been my dream to bring this story to life onscreen since reading the first line of Marlon’s book. I am deeply honored to be entrusted with this tapestry of stories so entrenched in roots, reggae, race, mysticism and politics, while working alongside Marlon to ensure an authentic portrayal of his words.” The series’ script will be written by James himself (who will also executive produce) with Empire‘s co-executive producer Malcom Spellman as the showrunner and executive producer.

Congratulations, Melina!! We can’t wait to watch.

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