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Amazon Orders Limited Series ‘The Underground Railroad’

11-Episodes Are Planned

Amazon has greenlit an 11-episode TV series based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Underground Railroad” from Barry Jenkins’ PASTEL and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. The novel chronicles a young slave named Cora who escapes a Georgia plantation and makes her way to freedom. The logline of the series: Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood — where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape.

All 11-episodes will be directed by Barry Jenkins.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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