*Music mogul Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter will produce a drama about Nicholas Irving — the first African-American to serve as a special ops sniper in his battalion, and the US Army 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper, Page Six reports.
Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown will star as Irving, who was nicknamed “the Reaper” and was such an effective sniper, he had an AR-15 rifle named after him.
The six-hour NBC /miniseries is based on Irving’s 2015 memoir, “The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.” A source close to the project says that it will “take a look inside the life of the world of special ops. The plan is to start filming early next year.”
Carter has also partnered with Weinstein Television for a new docuseries that will focus on the short and tragic life of Kalief Browder, a young black male seeking justice in a flawed judicial system, NBC.com reports. Browder was just 16-years-old when he was arrested for allegedly stealing a backpack. The Bronx native was never convicted of a crime nor given a trial. He was sent to Rikers Island for three years — two of which were spent in solitary confinement. Sadly, he committed suicide just two years after he was released from prison, in June 2015.
“TIME: The Kalief Browder Story,” is a six-part series for Spike TV. The rights to the book were picked up by the Weinstein Company, who just announced a first-look deal with Jay Z.