Emmett Till's life will soon grace the big screen, thanks to the efforts of Roger Ebert's widow. Chaz Ebert is producing a film based on the autobiography of Till's mother Mamie Till-Mobley, Deadline.com reports. Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.
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“The full Emmett Till story needs to be told now and told well as a narrative for our times, given all that is happening on American streets today," says Ebert. Till was 14 years old when he was kidnapped, tortured and ultimately killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman while visiting relatives in Mississippi. This year marks the 60th anniversary of his death.
Production will begin in Illinois and Mississippi next year.
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