Renown filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu has been named as one of the directors who will direct Paramount Player’s film titled ‘On The Come Up’.
The film is a visual adaptation of New York Times Best Seller Angie Thomas’ second novel which was released on February 25, 2019. Her first book was ‘The Hate You Give’ which turned racism and police violence into a bestseller.
Wanuri took to her Twitter page to announce the big news.
“New project alert: It’s bigger than hip hop! I’m attached to direct a Film based on the book #OnTheComeUp by @angiecthomas, screenwriter @KayOyegunwith @TempleHillEnt #StateStreetPictures and #ParamountPlayers,,” Wanuri wrote.
The plot of the book follows a 16-year-old Bri, who wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri has massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labelled 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.
Angie Thomas, the author of the book took to her Twitter account to express her excitement at having Wanuri on-board the great project.
— Angie Thomas (@angiecthomas) October 19, 2020
Wanuri is known for producing a number of controversial and hard-hitting films. One in particular dubbed ‘Rafiki’, a Kenyan Lesbian Romance, which recognized at the Cannes Film Festival despite getting banned here at home.
Fans can’t wait to see how the new movie does at the box office.