Hunger Games’ actress, Amandla Stenberg to star in ‘
The Hate U Give’ by Angela Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter announced. This YA novel is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and its set for a 2017 release.
Fox 2000 will produce the film while George Tillman Jr is attached to direct. You can read the full news below:
Fox 2000 won a heated bidding war for Angela Thomas’ debut novel ‘The Hate U Give’ with George Tillman Jr. attached to direct and Amandla Stenberg to star.
Film rights for
The Hate U Give, a YA novel inspired by Black Lives Matter, have sold to Fox 2000,Temple Hill and State Street in a competitive situation.
Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg will star and George Tillman Jr. will direct the film adaptation from a script by Audrey Wells.
A bidding war erupted after the book began making the rounds last week. There was interest from multiple studios and producers in the timely upcoming book, which is the debut novel from Angela Thomas. The film rights deal comes on the heels of the splashy 13-house auction in February that saw HarperCollins’ Balzer and Bray take the publishing rights.
Thomas’ story follows a 16-year-old girl named Starr who grew up in a poverty-stricken slum, but now attends a suburban prep school. After she witnesses a police officer shoot her unarmed best friend, she’s torn between her two very different worlds as she tries to speak her truth.
Thomas started working on the story in 2011 while studying at Belhaven University. She even sought out her literary agent, Brooks Sherman, via Twitter, asking if a book based on the Black Lives Matter movement would get any traction. The title is based on Tupac Shakur’s tattoo, “T.H.U.G.”