JAY-Z and Roc Nation to adapt YA novel Noughts & Crosses for TV

Roc Nation will executive produce and provide the soundtrack to the show.

October 04, 2018
JAY-Z and Roc Nation to adapt YA novel <I>Noughts & Crosses</i> for TV JAY-Z performs onstage during the Meadows Music And Arts Festival - Day 1 at Citi Field on September 15, 2017 in New York.   Nicholas Hunt/Getty

Jay-Z's entertainment company Roc Nation will executive produce a TV series based on Malorie Blackman's young adult novel Noughts & Crosses, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Roc Nation will reportedly handle the soundtrack to the show, which is being made by the BBC in the U.K.

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Blackman's novel is set in an alternative world where "the dark-skinned ruling class of the Crosses looks down on the white Noughts." The series is in pre-production and casting is currently underway. The two main characters, Sephy and Callum, face the challenge of their relationship growing ever more complicated as they come of age in a divided society.

Roc Nation's launched its TV division in May of this year. Its recent TV and film projects include Time: The Kalief Browder Story and Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

JAY-Z and Roc Nation to adapt YA novel Noughts & Crosses for TV