Lionsgate has acquired the movie rights to the relevant YA novel AIR by Ryan Gattis with Elgin James to direct.
Ryan Gattis‘ social issues young adult book Air has been acquired by Lionsgate for a theatrical release. The book weighs heavily on social activism as we follow a young man struggling to fit in after moving from Colorado to the inner-city of Baltimore and having to deal with the prejudice all around.
The movie is to be adapted and directed by Elgin James (Little Birds, Lowriders) and will be produced by Adaptive Studios and Get Lifted Film Co.
James seems excited to get this going, as it has a story that’s relevant and important to the current issues of this world:
“I know what it’s like to grow up disenfranchised and devalued, so I’m incredibly grateful to get to tell the story of Air, a story about the power of action and the fight to make yourself seen in a world that’s deemed you invisible.”
Check out the official book trailer for Air:
When 17-year-old Grey witnesses the tragic death of his mother in Colorado, he is shipped off to live with his aunt in inner-city Baltimore. Grey struggles to fit in to his new school and environment until his new friend, Akil, introduces him to the enigmatic Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. By challenging the police with death-defying stunts and then posting videos of them online, Kurtis, Grey, and their group become unlikely heroes in the fight against the prejudice that surrounds them.
As Kurtis takes Grey under his wing, they come up with a name, an insignia and attract more and more followers to their extreme acts. The lines between social activism and criminal behavior blur and their escalating stunts become a rallying point for the underprivileged and disenfranchised around the country, spreading like wildfire across the Internet. How far will Grey and Kurtis go to push their message, and can their fragile alliance withstand their growing power?
We’ll keep you posted as more news comes about this movie development.