It’s official! With On the Come Up—the follow up to Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give and one of our most anticipated new books of the year—just hours away from hitting shelves, Deadline announced that a film adaptation is officially in the works!!
Cue celebration, and cue immediately coming up with an excuse to stay home all day tomorrow and read this phenomenal new book!
Update: We have a screenwriter!
Kay Oyegun has officially been tapped to write the script for On the Come Up!!
The film was announced to be in the works immediately before the book hit shelves back in February (as you might have read above), and this is further proof that things are moving. Oyegun’s name might be familiar, as she’s currently a produce and writer on This Is Us, plus she was recently announced to also be penning the script for Children of Blood and Bone!
George Tillman Jr., director of The Hate U Give, is attached to direct, and our very own superstar Angie Thomas is on board as producer alongside experts from both Temple Hill and State Street. Find out more about them all here! It’s an all-star lineup.
Quick hits for On the Come Up
- Read the first five chapters of On the Come Up now
- Channel your inner superstar with this rap name generator
- Find out how Biggie Smalls inspired On the Come Up
Not only will we see an On the Come Up movie on the big screen, but we also know for sure that it’ll be good. It’s being brought to life by the same team that adapted The Hate U Give last year! George Tillman Jr. is on board to direct the film, and he did such an amazing job with the last one that we have complete faith in the eye he’s bringing back to Garden Heights. Plus, our queen herself, Angie Thomas, will be right there as a producer alongside him!!
I'm also happy because this will be my first time producing a film! Ahh!
— Angie Thomas (@angiecthomas) February 4, 2019
About On the Come Up
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.
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.
Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.