Jay Z Slated to Produce Series on Army's First African-American Sniper: Report
Jay Z is bulking up his IMDb resume. After announcing his first-look deal with The Weinstein Company, which will include a docuseries with Spike TV on Kalief Browder, the rap mogul born Shawn Carter is reportedly slated to produce an NBC miniseries on the Army's first African-American sniper.
According to Page Six, the six-hour drama will be based on the life of Nicholas Irving, a special-ops sniper who is described as "the US Army 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper." Emmy-winning The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story star Sterling K. Brown will reportedly star as Irving in the series, said to be based on Irving's 2015 memoir The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.
"I'm excited to tell stories from real-life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight," Jay Z said in a previous statement about his partnership with The Weinstein Company. "Harvey and David are visionaries both of whom have done this time and time again. I'm already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline, and I'm looking forward to discovering others."
Jay Z's past film credits include co-producing Chris Rock's 2014 comedy Top Five and executive producing Baz Luhrmann's 2013 epic The Great Gatsby. In 2011, Jay Z also teamed with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's Overbrook Entertainment to develop and produce a remake of the musical Annie.
Billboard has reached out to reps for Jay Z and the Weinstein Company for comment.