JAY-Z is set to produce an upcoming film adaptation of Dwayne Alexander Smith’s novel, Forty Acres, for Netlix. The rap legend, who previously produced the all-Black western The Harder They Fall, is currently collaborating with Luke Cage creator Cheo Hodari Coker for the film that has been described as a cross between The Firm and Get Out, as per Deadline.
Smith’s novel tells the story of a civil rights attorney who has to fight for survival after being invited to join an elite Black organization with a surprising secret. JAY-Z will produce the thriller alongside Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan, Niles Kirchner and Bill Strauss, while the project is being executive produced by Dana Honor for Kapital, Smith and Mike Epps.
Forty Acres will also see the rapper reunite with Kaplan and James Lassiter — JAY-Z worked with the pair on the ABC limited series Women of the Movement. The streaming giant is currently in early development on the film. Stay tuned for updates.
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