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Barry Jenkins to direct the entirety of Amazon's Underground Railroad show

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Oscar winner Barry Jenkins has revealed some new details about his latest project, with Amazon announcing that the Moonlight helmer has signed on to direct all 11 episodes of its upcoming limited series The Underground Railroad. Jenkins was previously attached to the project last year, but has now committed to directing its entire limited run, focused on adapting Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book.


Jenkins has had a relatively quiet year so far, seemingly focused on building his stamina back up after, well, you know. The Underground Railroad—which tracks a young slave named Cora as she fights, state by state, to reach some meaningful place of freedom—will be his first major TV directing project, although he did handle an episode of Netflix’s Dear White People last year.

Back when the series was first announced, it was one of two Railroad-themed shows potentially on the air; unfortunately, WGN canceled its well-regarded Underground back in May. “Working with Amazon and a wonderful group of screenwriters to develop Colson’s novel into a limited series has been an extremely rewarding experience,” Jenkins said in a press release. “Translating his singular voice into a cohesive and equally singular visual language is a task I very much look forward to.”

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