Roger Ebert’s Widow, Chaz Ebert Set To Produce Emmett Till Biopic

May 19, 2015  |  

The name Ebert has become synonymous with film. And though Roger Ebert has passed on, his passion for the art of storytelling through movies will live on through his widow Chaz.

Variety recently reported that Ebert, along with Shatterglass Films, will be partnering to develop an Emmett Till movie based on the book Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, coauthored by Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley and journalist Christopher Benson.

As many of you know Till, a 14-year-old from Chicago, was killed while visiting relatives in the Mississippi Delta. He was lynched by a group of men after he allegedly whistled at a White woman in 1955. Till’s murder and his mother’s decision to have an open-casket funeral fueled the Civil Right’s Movement.

Ebert told Variety why she is passionate about this film.

“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. And Shatterglass Films are the people to tell it.” 

Benson, the co-author of the book will serve as one of the producers of the film, while Ebert and Nate Khon are executive producing.

The team hasn’t chosen a director yet but producers are planning to shoot the film in the Mississippi Delta and in Central Illinois in 2016.

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