THE RAP DRAMA "ON THE COME UP," DIRECTED BY SANAA LATHAN, PREMIERES SEPT. 23, ON PARAMOUNT+.
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Paramount+ announced that its upcoming original film "On The Come Up" from Paramount Pictures' Players label, will exclusively premiere Sept. 23.
The film is based on the New York Times No. 1 best-selling novel by Angie Thomas ("The Hate U Give") and is the feature directorial debut of Emmy-nominated actress Sanaa Lathan.
"On The Come Up" also hold its World Premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. Starring newcomer Jamila C. Gray, "On The Come Up" is the story of Bri, a gifted 16-year-old rapper, who attempts to take the battle rap scene by storm in order to lift up her family and do right by the legacy of her father--a local hip hop legend whose career was cut short by gang violence. But when her first hit song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, she finds herself torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the false persona that the industry wants to impose upon her.
The coming-of-age film also stars Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Lil Yachty, Mike Epps, Miles Gutierrez-Riley, Justin Martin, Titus Makin, Michael Cooper Jr., GaTa, Sanaa Lathan and Cliff "Method Man" Smith.
"We are thrilled to bring a truly inspiring film about fighting for your dreams to the service this fall," said Tanya Giles, chief programming officer at Paramount+. "On The Come Up" is a moving love letter to hip hop and an entertaining film for all ages."
Produced by Temple Hill and State Street Pictures, "On The Come Up" is directed by Sanaa Lathan, (TV's "The Best Man: The Final Chapters," TV's "Harley Quinn" and "Succession.") with a screenplay by Kay Oyegun. The film is produced by George Tillman Jr., Robert Teitel, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Isaac Klausner, Angie Thomas and Timothy M. Bourne and executive produced by John Fischer.
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It will also delve deeply into Bill's tortured history of debilitating injuries, his personal relationship with John Wooden, his love of the Grateful Dead, his politics and activism that alienated basketball fans in the '70's, and his final incarnation as a basketball broadcaster who regularly draws a Twitter storm.
Among the interview subjects featured in the story are Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Artis Gilmore, World B. Free, Robert Parish, Jim Gray, Luke Walton, Jamal Wilkes, Brent Musberger, Bob Ryan, and a number of close friends and teammates from Bill's high school days to today.
The documentary will be directed by Steve James ("Hoop Dreams," "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail" and co-produced by James and Zak Piper, and executive produced by ESPN Films. Further details will be announced at a later date.
Editor's Note: Information used in this report obtained from Paramount+ and ESPN Films.