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Jay Z producing miniseries about U.S. Army’s first African American sniper

Rapper Jay Z is reportedly developing a show about the U.S. Army’s first African American sniper.
The 99 Problems hitmaker recently signed a two-year film and TV deal with The Weinstein Company and will reportedly produce the drama as part of the new agreement. It is set to air on American network NBC.
According to the New York Post, the series will centre on Nicholas Irving, who became the first African American special operations sniper in his battalion. Irving is also reportedly credited as the U.S. Army 3rd Ranger Battalion’s deadliest sniper.
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’s Sterling K. Brown will star as Irving in the six-hour miniseries, which will be based on the 2015 memoir, The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.
“The series will take a look inside the life of the world of special ops,” a source tells the publication. “The plan is to start filming early next year.”
Jay Z and bosses at The Weinstein Company have yet to comment on the reports.
The news comes days after the 46-year-old announced he had teamed up with Empire creator Lee Daniels to produce a new film about comedian Richard Pryor’s life and career.
He is also currently acting as an executive producer on TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, a TV docu-series about a young black man who committed suicide after serving three years at the notorious Riker’s Island prison in New York, even though he was never convicted of allegedly stealing a backpack.

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