Two of the big winners from this year's Oscars are teaming up, Variety reports. Barry Jenkins, who directed the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight, is teaming up with Amazon Studios to create a new drama series.
Jenkins will write and direct a one-hour drama series based on Colson Whitehead's best-selling novel, The Underground Railroad. The project hasn't officially received a green light yet, and it's unclear if it will debut on Amazon, but the power behind the series is significant.
"Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, innovative thinking," Jenkins said in a statement. "In Amazon, we've found a partner whose reverence for storytelling and freeness of form is wholly in line with our vision."
"The Underground Railroad" is a work of fiction and tells the story of a Cora, a young woman trying to find freedom. The book sold over 825,000 copies in the U.S., was a NY Times best-seller and an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2016. It also won the 2016 National Book Award in the fiction category.
This isn't Jenkins' first dip into the TV world. He directed an episode of Netflix's upcoming adaptation of the movie Dear White People and an episode of the PBS series Futurestates.
This was a big year for Amazon: It became the first streaming studio to win Oscars. Amazon Studios' Manchester by the Sea won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor while The Salesman scooped up Best Foreign Language Film.