Amazon Developing Underground Railroad Drama


Amazon are currently developing a new drama being written and directed by Moonlight Barry Jenkins.

The drama will be based on Colson Whitehead’s best selling book The Underground Railroad. Jenkins himself had this to say about the book:

“It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using the form to explore it in a thoughtful and original way. Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, innovative thinking and in Amazon we’ve found a partner whose reverence for storytelling and freeness of form is wholly in line with our vision.”

The book follows young Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. After escaping her Georgia plantation for the rumored Underground Railroad, Cora discovers no mere metaphor, but an actual railroad full of engineers and conductors, and a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.

Jenkins is set to direct the entire run of the show.