"Green Book," the Oscar-winning film by Peter Farrelly, is to be adapted into a new type of podcast format to delve into Jim Crow America of the 1960s. This podcast, dropping on September 14, will also give rise to a geolocalized audio guide thanks to an exclusive partnership with mapping service Apple Maps.
For this new format, reporter Alvin Hall and activist Janée Woods Weber followed the same roadtrip (from Detroit to New Orleans) as the one shown on screen in "Green Book", with African American jazz pianist Don Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali) and his Italian American driver Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen).
The two anchors of "Driving the Green Book" travel thousands of kilometers and meet up with numerous activists and local political figures to understand how Black Americans managed to travel the segregated South thanks to the infamous "The Negro Motorist Green Book."
The first "Driving the Green Book" episode, from publishing house MacMillan Publishers, will be available on Apple Podcasts, on September 14.
Soon to be adapted into an audio trip
MacMillan Publishers revealed to Variety that "Driving the Green Book" will soon be adapted into an audio guide to allow anyone to drive the same roads and walk the same streets as Don Shirley and Tony Lip. This interactive traveling guide will integrate mapping software Apple Maps.
While MacMillan Publishers hasn't announced a date for this new feature, the publishing house noted that it was working on further "interactive experiences" to immerse the podcast aficionados in the history of "Green Book."