- Variety reports that Ilyasah Shabazz is working on a TV series about her father, Malcolm X.
- It will reportedly be based on two of Shabazz’s novels about the civil rights activist’s early life.
- Representatives for Shabazz and Sony didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, is working on a television series about his life, according to Variety.
The series is reportedly in development with Sony Pictures Television’s TriStar, per Variety’s sources, with Shabazz as an executive producer. Malcolm X was a key figure in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Shabazz is an award-winning author and has written multiple novels about her father. Two of these novels, “X: A Novel” and “The Awakening of Malcolm X,” are reportedly going to be the basis for the Malcolm X series in development.
The first, “X: A Novel,” was cowritten with Kekla Magoon and follows X’s life from childhood to his imprisonment at the age of 20. “The Awakening of Malcolm X,” cowritten with Tiffany D. Jackson, focuses on X’s conversion to Islam during his imprisonment and how he took on the name Malcolm X. (His birth name was Malcolm Little.)
In May, the award-winning author and motivational speaker spoke to the Washington Post about X’s legacy on what would have been his 96th birthday.
“I don’t think that we would still be marching, protesting, and demonstrating for the same things that we were marching for 55, 56 years ago when my father was alive,” Shabazz said. “He was a results-oriented person.”
This will not be the first time Malcolm X has been portrayed on screen after his assassination in 1965. Denzel Washington played him in a 1992 movie, and Nigel Thatch played the activist in both 2014’s “Selma” and the TV series “Godfather of Harlem” in 2019. The most recent portrayal was by Kingsley Ben-Adir in “One Night in Miami.”
In addition to her work as an author, Shabazz has also taken on acting, appearing in small roles in Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” and Ava DuVernay’s limited series about the Central Park Five, “When They See Us.”
Representatives for Shabazz and Sony didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.