Long Way Down movie rights optioned by Universal.

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A blurry reflection of a black boy in a hood against the buttons in a metallic elevator, with LONG WAY DOWN emblazoned in white overlaying.Universal Pictures bought movie rights to Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.

Will witnessed his brother’s murder and thinks he knows who pulled the trigger. Hell bent on revenge, Will finds his brother’s gun, steps into the elevator, and waits the long way down to the lobby to locate and kill his brother’s murderer. During the 60 seconds it takes to reach the lobby, Will is met with six ghosts who have all died from gunfire. Do these ghosts succeed in persuading Will to not seek revenge?

Academy Award-winning musician John Legend and Academy Award nominee Michael De Luca are set to produce the Long Way Down movie.

Coming off his role as Mike in the 2017 film adaptation of It, I think Chosen Jacobs would be a good fit as Will. Set to star in Love, Simon, an adaptation Becky Albertalli’s Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Kenyan Lonsdale would be a great casting choice as Shawn.

Long Way Down is available now.

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Dawn Abron

I’m a YA Librarian in Chicagoland and YA blogger at bangbangbookblog.com. I’m a Slytherin, a Nerdfighter, a Sherlockian, a Whovian, and a Game of Thronesian (?). Wesley is my king and tacos are my jam. If you can’t find me, I’m probably in a book.

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