If you haven’t read On The Come Up, you need to. There isn’t anything that Angie Thomas writes that isn’t profound, moving, and important. On The Come Up is one of those books that will stick with you.
The book was optioned by Paramount Players for film. We’ve been anxiously awaiting any news and now we have some. The adaptation has found its director. Actress Sanaa Lathan has signed on to direct the film.
The book, “centers on 16-year-old Bri, who wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons. Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.”
This will be Lathan‘s feature film directorial debut. Her short With/In, which is a film anthology shot during lockdown, is premiering at Tribeca.
We’re definitely excited to see this move forward. The book was amazing and we can’t wait to see it brought to life.