It’s release day for Angie Thomas‘ second novel On The Come Up, but there’s already other major news for the novel on the horizon!
On The Come Up is set to get its very own movie adaptation from the same team behind the movie version of Thomas’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, including director George Tillman Jr, Temple Hill Productions, and State Street Pictures. However, unlike The Hate U Give movie, Thomas will also serve as a producer on the project!
The story follows Bri, the teen daughter of a former local hip hop legend who desperately wants to make a name for herself as a rapper and help raise her family out of poverty. When her mom loses her job and her first song goes viral “for all the wrong reasons”, Bri will have to twist her dream into something much different than she expected just to keep her family afloat.
The project is just beginning, but we’ll keep you updated as more details roll in!
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 hasto. 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.