The parents of Trayvon Martin claim that The Weinstein Company owes them close to $150,000 for a deal that gave the studio film and television rights to their book that explores the aftermath of their son’s death in 2012.
According to documents filed in Delaware bankruptcy court, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin say they entered a deal with The Weinstein Company and its television unit to purchase the rights to a possible movie and television series based on their book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.
In a report from Deadline, the pair says they are owed at least $150,000 as executive producers of the television series. Episodes for the TV series have been filmed but none have officially aired yet. The series, which is executive produced by Jay-Z, was unveiled at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
“We want to make sure that we stand and support and we never forget [that] Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here, so you guys never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through,” Jay said during the 2018 Peace Walk & Peace Talk rally honoring the slain teen. “His name will sit alongside some of the greats who lost their life to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther Kings, the Ghandis; that the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope, and pushes us into a better direction.”
A couple months back came news that The Weinstein Company had filed for bankruptcy. The studio has since been sold to Lantern Capital, a Dallas private equity firm.