Jay Z and the Weinstein Company will team up to produce a series of television and film projects about the life of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was shot dead in 2012 near his home by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.
The killing — and Mr. Zimmerman’s acquittal of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in 2013 — set off large-scale protests in support of Mr. Martin around the United States, and helped fuel a national debate about racial profiling.
A spokeswoman for the Weinstein Company on Friday confirmed the news of the projects, which Variety originally reported.
The projects are based on two books to which producers have acquired rights: “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It,” a firsthand account by Lisa Bloom about covering the Zimmerman trial as an NBC analyst; and “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,” a biographical book about Mr. Martin written by his parents.
The projects include a six-part documentary series with Jay Z producing as part of a first-look deal he signed with the studio last September. The indie studio will also develop a narrative feature film. The Weinstein Company earned critical raves for “Fruitvale Station,” another true story, about the death of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man who was killed in 2009 by a BART police officer.
It’s not the first time that Mr. Martin’s story has been adapted: The director Nonny de la Peña used court records and 911 calls to create “One Dark Night,” a virtual reality film about the shooting.