AMC is developing a series about the Black Lives Matter movement based on Wesley Lowery‘s bestselling nonfiction book They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era In America’s Racial Justice. Brad Weston‘s Makeready will produce and LaToya Morgan (Into The Badlands) will write.
Published in 2016, the book examines how decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighbourhoods led to high-profile cases of police brutality in Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore and elsewhere which led to the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement seeking justice for the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray.
Lowery, a reporter at The Washington Post, was one of the leads on the paper’s ‘Fatal Force’ project which tracked 990 police shootings in 2015, with the project winning the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2016.
The series will also reflect current events and tackle race relations through fictional characters. The increasing conflation of art and politics thanks to rising awareness in social media should lead to more shows and films like They Can’t Kill Us All, and it’ll be an interesting adaptation to track.
Can the series have a similar affect to something like American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson and tackle the well known issues through an engrossing season? Or can it go even further and use its platform to examine many different examples of racial relations in more of an anthology series?