Steven Caple Jr. Tapped To Write HBO Miniseries About Emmett Till

click to enlarge Caple, directing the music video to Ezzy's "Goodbye," from The Land soundtrack. - Photo by Ken Blaze
Photo by Ken Blaze
Caple, directing the music video to Ezzy's "Goodbye," from The Land soundtrack.
Steven Caple Jr. knew this would happen. When a young black writer-director makes waves on the festival circuit, as Caple did with his debut feature, The Land, the offers start rolling in.

There had been rumors of Caple being presented with opportunities to helm a couple major Hollywood blockbusters, but Caple told Scene that he's being selective about his next projects. He's still intent on honing his voice as a filmmaker before he becomes beholden to franchises.

But the latest announcement — from Deadline — certifies Caple's big-league cred. He has been hired as the writer of an HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955 for flirting with a white girl. Till's murder is considered an important landmark in the mobilizing of the Civil Rights movement, as it demonstrated the depravity of violence against blacks in America. 

The miniseries is being produced by a roster of glitzy A-listers: Will Smith, Jay-Z, Casey Affleck, Aaron Kaplan. The script will be based on source material from Devery Anderson's book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked The World And Propelled The Civil Rights Movement.

Caple told Scene in an interview earlier this summer that he's been a die-hard Will Smith fan since his youth, so the opportunity to collaborate with Smith, for HBO, is not only an enormous step for Cleveland's native son, but the fulfillment of a childhood fantasy. 

About The Author

Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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