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Barry Jenkins says adapting 'The Undergound Railroad' for Amazon 'absolutely has to be done the right way'

Barry Jenkins says adapting 'The Undergound Railroad' for Amazon 'absolutely has to be done the right way'

Barry Jenkins conquered the film world with “Moonlight,” the small-budget movie with the big heart that won best picture at last month’s Academy Awards. And now Jenkins is ready for his next challenge.

Amazon announced Monday that it is developing an hourlong limited drama series based on Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award-winning novel “The Underground Railroad,” to be written and directed by Jenkins.

The project is being developed as script-to-series, meaning that if Amazon signs off on the script, it will forgo the pilot stage and go straight to a series order.

The novel follows a young woman’s bid for freedom in a pre-Civil War South, eventually discovering an...

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