The year 2018 offered up a number of great films centered around people of color. Films like Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse pushed forward superheroes of colors. Other films like If Beale Street Could Talk and BlackKklansman highlighted directors of color. In other venues, films like Crazy Rich Asians offered up a diverse cast like none we’ve seen before. One of the many films that helped highlight people of color on the big screen was The Hate U Give.
Inspired by the Angie Thomas novel, The Hate U Give, told an all too familiar story of pain, death and resilience in the face of police brutality. Led by Amandla Stenberg of The Hunger Games series, the film performed incredibly well by earning a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As a result of the film’s great reception, things have started to move forward for the film’s director, George Tillman Jr. Prior to this film, Tillman Jr. was best known for directing the Notorious B.I.G biopic, but this film has pushed him to new heights.
Reported by Deadline, Tillman Jr. has finalized a new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Deadline reports that “under the pact, the studio will have the first look at any new television projects Tillman, Jr. and his State Street Pictures.” 20th Century Fox officials stated, “The Hate U Give was easily one of the most powerful films of last year, and these creators instinctually gravitate toward and create the kind of thoughtful, entertaining programming we aspire to do at this studio. ”