Melina Matsoukas, chief director of the HBO series Insecure, is set to adapt the the award-winning Marlon James novel A Brief History of Seven Killings for Amazon Studios.

Matsoukas is developing the project as a series, will serve as executive producer of the series, and will also direct the episodes.  James will write the script as well as executive produce alongside Matsoukas and Malcolm Spellman (Empire) who will also serve as the showrunner.

Seven Killings begins with the attempted assassination of reggae icon Bob Marley and explores its aftermath, looking at one vital day in multiple time periods. The novel looked at Jamaican politics, poverty, race, class and the volatile relationship between the U.S. and the Caribbean, and traced the connection between CIA efforts to destabilize a left-wing Jamaican government in the 1970s to the brutal realities of gang wars in the Kingston ghettos and their spread to New York in the 1980s.

“A Brief History of Seven Killings is a complex story that needs to be told, about a people whose voices need to be heard,” Matsoukas said Monday in a statement. “It’s been my dream to bring this story to life onscreen since reading the first line of Marlon’s book. I am deeply honored to be entrusted with this tapestry of stories so entrenched in roots, reggae, race, mysticism and politics, while working alongside Marlon to ensure an authentic portrayal of his words.”

Transparent creator Jill Soloway and her Topple Productions partner Andrea Sperling, will also are exec produce the series alongside Eric Roth.

Matsoukas made her television directing debut with Insecure, and has also directed episodes of Master of None.  Since 2007, Matsoukas, has directed nine Beyoncé videos, including the highly conceptional Formation.  She won a Grammy for Rihanna’s We Found Love video, and also directed Solange’s Losing You and I Decided, Ciara’s Work (feat. Missy Elliot) and Jay Z’s Run.  Matoukas also serves as a director for an all female non-profit organization that empowers women titled, We Do It Together.

We look forward of seeing more brilliant work from Matsoukas as she continues leaving her mark on the silver screen!

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