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The Underground Railroad - Limited Series from Barry Jenkins Ordered by Amazon

Moonlight's Barry Jenkins is set to direct all 11 episodes of Amazon's upcoming limited drama series. The project is based on Colson Whitehead's bestselling novel, The Underground Railroad, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The book, which drew critical praise for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable – moving beyond the boundaries of realism in its depiction of a mythical underground train that transports slaves across an alternate America — also was a 2016 National Book Award winner and Oprah Book Club pick.

The Underground Railroad, which will be released on Amazon Prime Video, centers on young Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. 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.