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Melina Matsoukas To Direct Adaptation of ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’

Amazon Studios is adapting Marlon James’ novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. James will be writing the adaptation, and Melina Matsoukas will be directing the adaptation.


Issa Rae & Melina Matsoukas. Image via Vanity Fair.

Matsoukas will not only direct the episodes, she will also be executive producing. Jill Soloway (Transparent), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, A Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Malcolm Spellman (Empire) will also be executive producers. Spellman will be the show-runner.

Seven Killings begins with the attempted assassination of reggae icon Bob Marley and explores its aftermath, looking at one vital day in multiple time periods. The novel looked at Jamaican politics, poverty, race, class and the volatile relationship between the U.S. and the Caribbean, and traced the connection between CIA efforts to destabilize a left-wing Jamaican government in the 1970s to the brutal realities of gang wars in the Kingston ghettos and their spread to New York in the 1980s.

Matsoukas started off in the music video business directing big names like Beyonce, and Rihanna. She has recently been directing for HBO’s Insecure and directed episodes for Netflix’s Master of None.

This an exciting project to tackle and Matsoukas is more then ready to take it on!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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