AMC is developing a yet-to-be-named drama series for TV that will focus on the Black Lives Matter movement. Deadline reports the new show will be based on Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery’s bestselling nonfiction book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice.
Lowery was a lead on the Post's "Fatal Force" database project, which tracked nearly 1,000 police shootings that occurred in 2015. The initiative won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2016. They Can’t Kill Us All was published in 2016 by Little, Brown & Company, and acquired by production company Makeready last fall. Makeready founder Brad Weston and writer-producer LaToya Morgan, an alumna of shows like Into the Badlands and Shameless, will executive produce the show alongside Pam Abdy and Scott Nemes.
They Can’t Kill Us All takes an in-depth look at how decades of compounded factors—racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods, sub par schools, crumbling infrastructures, and scarcity of jobs—ultimately led to the explosive police brutality cases in Ferguson (Mike Brown), Cleveland (Tamir Rice), Baltimore (Freddie Gray) and other cities, and the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement. According to Deadline, the show will also "reflect current events and race relations through the stories and voices of fictional characters."
Black Lives Matter is still active today because of the police-inflicted trauma and tragedies that are still popping up around the country. Since its inception, the movement has been met with opposition and hostility, despite the fact that its sole mission is to value and protect the lives of people of color.