Emmy, Tony, Oscar, and Grammy-winning actress, Whoopi Goldberg, is set to don her producer’s hat for a film based on the controversial murder of Emmett Till in the 1950s.
The talk show host will base the movie on the 2004 documentary by Keith A. Beauchamp called The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. Also sourced will be Simeon Wright’s book, Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till.
Goldberg’s film will revolve around the killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till, an African American boy who was savagely beaten, had an eye gouged out, and was shot in the head before being cast into the Tallahatchie River with a barbed wire circling his neck, all because he allegedly flirted with a Caucasian woman in 1955 in Mississippi.
While filming is scheduled to commence next year, the makers have already launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com in order to raise $50,000 to aid in the cost of production.
Whoopi Goldberg stated that the tragic event is “as much a part of American history as the Boston Tea Party,” adding that it may even be the “greatest argument for getting rid of sanctioned racism.”
Meanwhile, Goldberg’s production isn’t the only project about Emmett Till in the works. Rapper Jay-Z has teamed up with actor Will Smith to produce a mini-series (yet to be titled), and Chaz Ebert (wife of the late movie critic Roger Ebert) is the executive producer of an upcoming film derived from the book Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America. The book was co-written by Mamie Till-Mobley (Emmett Till’s mother), together with a journalist named Christopher Benson.
“Whoopi Goldberg Producing Emmett Till Movie,” WENN web site, August 20, 2015; http://goo.gl/xAP6NJ.