BARRY JENK­INS

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USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE -

Di­rec­tor Jenk­ins, whose drama Moon­light won best picture, is writ­ing a limited-se­ries adap­ta­tion of Na­tional Book Award win­ner Col­son White­head’s The Un­der­ground Rail­road. He’ll di­rect the TV project about two slaves seek­ing free­dom from their Ge­or­gia plan­ta­tion. He’s also writ­ing a film script for a com­ing-of-age drama based on the life of Olympic box­ing champ Cla­ressa “T-Rex” Shields.

DAN MACMEDAN, USA TO­DAY

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