Moonlight director working on a series for Amazon

Moonlight director working on a series for Amazon


New York  — Moonlight director Barry Jenkins will follow up his Oscar-winning film with a drama series for Amazon based on Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad.

Amazon announced Monday that it will develop the TV series, with Jenkins writing and directing the adaptation of the 2016 National Book Award winner. Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is a part-historic, part-surrealistic novel about a slave who escapes on an actual railroad.

Jenkins has already been at work on the series, though how many episodes are planned was not announced.

Moonlight, which last month won best picture, was Jenkins' second film following 2008's well-regarded but little-seen Medicine for Melancholy. Made for just $1.5m, Moonlight has grossed more than $56m worldwide.

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