Movie Alert: “Coming Soon”

Slipping into the rap battle on September 23 is Angie Thomas’ latest book-to-film adaptation, coming soon, based on her bestselling novel. Originally set to air exclusively on Paramount+, the studio announced that the film will also have a limited theatrical release alongside its streaming debut, following a successful release at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film will be released in the top 50 U.S. markets alongside Paramount+ in the U.S., Canada and Italy, with more international markets to follow later this year.

Kay Oyegun’s script (this is us), the film marks Sanaa Lathan (succession) He also collaborated with Jayda “Jay” Jackson. The film is executive produced by John Fischer (the hatred you give); by Timothy M. Bourne (love, simon), Marty Bowen (maze runner), Wick Godfrey (First person), Isaac Klausner (The fault of our stars), Jay Marcus (the hatred you give), Robert Teitel (honorary figure), Angie Thomas and George Tillman Jr. (the hatred you give). It stars Jamila Gray (sweet talk) as Brianna “Bri” Jackson, Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Aunt Pooh, Only murders in the building), Cliff “Method Man” Smith (Supreme, how tall), Miles Gutierrez-Riley (Sonny, wilderness), Cuyle Carvin (Tate, Cobra Kay), Michael Cooper Jr. (Malik, Disadvantages Advantages) and Nijah Brenea (Dominique, Rap boo​​​​).

Brianna “Bri” Jackson (Gray) aspires to be one of the greatest rappers of all time, but as the daughter of the late underground rap legend Lawrence “Lawless” Jackson, who was murdered before breaking into mainstream rap, Bri has some Big shoes to fill. Life isn’t easy; with her mother Jayda “Jay” Jackson (Lathan) losing her job unexpectedly, being labeled a villain at school for “aggressive” behavior, and trying to make ends meet, Bri pours her frustrations into her in the first song. A song that went viral for the wrong reasons sent Brie into a storm of controversy.But with bills piling up and the potential for homelessness so high, Bri is no longer want to success – she Have Make it happen.

coming soon is Thomas’ second book to hit the big screen; the hatred you give Launched in 2018. “I think the biggest difference is knowing more about the process,” Thomas told PW“This time, I came in as a real producer, not just a producer in name. I feel like the first movie was a freshman in high school and you’re still figuring out where to go, but this movie A sophomore for sure—I know more, but I’m not a senior yet.”

From being on a Zoom call during the casting process to missing just a week of on-set filming, Thomas was there every step of the way—a very collaborative process that contrasts with the loneliness of writing a novel. “I’m in the back seat behind Sanaa [Lathan] I said, ‘Hey, maybe so, then turn around,'” Thomas said. “I love it because you can see your story and your characters through other people’s eyes.it gives it more layers, and [makes it] Hope it’s more beautiful than the original. “

Thomas could even watch some audition tapes. “At least 200 young women auditioned for the role of Bri, and I’m very pleased with who we’ve chosen. [Gray] Embodying Bri 1,000 percent,” she recalled of the set moments during the Rap Wars. “I remember [extras who were playing the] Every time Brie opened his mouth, the audience was amazed and shocked.I remember especially when we were in the ring, it was [Gray’s] First time doing a lot of battle rap, and first time anyone hears it.back [Lathan] shouting “cut” [the extras] Like “oh, that’s great”. It brings a feeling of being really in a rap battle environment. This is amazing to me. “

Chosen in 2018 before the novel was published, the film was four years in the making, required a studio change (initially with Fox) due to complications from the pandemic, and had to change directors due to project conflicts, it released Reality hasn’t quite hit Thomas yet. “It’s funny because it only hit me around 11:30 last night when I was tweeting, when I saw a YouTube coming soon Come on,” Thomas said with a laugh. “When I first got the news, I was a little pessimistic because there are so many great projects that will never come out, but now I’m done with the press release and seeing it in theaters. The movie, I thought, ‘Oh yeah, this is actually happening. “

The film had early success at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Thomas was able to participate. “There’s nothing better than sitting in an auditorium full of people listening to their reactions to a movie,” she said. “The festival itself was an amazing experience. We were doing the news, because of Taylor Swift, traffic was delayed and Hillary Clinton. I mean, if you’re blocked for any reason, those two are good reasons. ” Ha ha

Readers may be disappointed to learn that Brie’s grandparents won’t be off the page. “But our screenwriters did an extraordinary job to ensure that the emotional threads linking Bri to her grandparents remained,” Thomas said. “Even though they weren’t in the movie, we still understood how her mom felt when she wasn’t there.” Another difference readers might notice is what happened to Aunt Pooh in the movie. “I won’t spoil it, but there are [emotional] The scene that really moved me. “

Fans who crave the film and need something to get through can tune in to Thomas’ hip-hop playlist, which includes the songs and artists that inspired some of the rap in the novel. “I think it’s pretty clear to everyone who my favorite rapper is, and that’s 2Pac, and my book’s title was influenced by 2Pac. I love J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody too—and I don’t just say that because of her Wrote the rap in the movie,” Thomas said. “She did a fantastic job of paying homage to what I wrote in the book with a new twist on it.”

Readers can also look forward to Thomas’ new middle-level novel, Nick Black and Excellence: The Manifesto Prophet“I’m super excited because it’s my first middle school and my first fantasy. It’s good to write something different, so this book doesn’t have a gun, but I do have a dragon!”

Thomas hopes her outspoken message will touch the hearts of viewers. “I wrote coming soon In response to banned books against my work, people always ask me, “How do you feel about your book being banned?” I tell them to read coming soon Because this is the story of a girl who is criticized for the way she speaks rather than what people listen to her. Let’s not pay too much attention to how people speak, let’s pay more attention to what people are saying and what people are going through. This is my way of expressing my opinion on this. “

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