EXCLUSIVE: The Stars in My Soul, a memoir co-written by Hakeem Oluseyi about his life, has just been picked up by Working Title. Chadwick Boseman and Logan Coles are producing the film adaptation after they worked together on 2016’s Message From the King, which Boseman starred in and executive produced and Coles co-produced.
The Stars in My Soul is being compared to the breakout hit Hidden Figures. Oluseyi grew up in Louisiana when his parents divorced and he had to find his own way through life. Through pure will and perseverance, he ended up becoming a NASA astrophysicist.
The book was scooped up in a competitive bidding situation — not surprising given that the package included Boseman. The actor (also a producer and writer-director) is one of the world’s most recognizable screen stars right now with the back-to-back mega-successes of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Together these movies have racked up $2.5 billion (with a B) so far.
Boseman also starred and was a co-producer on Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall, playing lawyer Thurgood Marshall who eventually became the first African American appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. So it is not surprising the actor is working to bring other important stories about diversity to the screen.
Earlier this year, Deadline reported that Oscar-winning Moonlight director Barry Jenkins came in to direct another Boseman/Coles written project, an international thriller titled Expatriate which they set up at Universal. The writing duo also sold an untitled pitch to Paramount two years ago based on the life of Reverend Jeffrey Brown.
Jody Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss & Associates in New York handled the deal. Boseman is repped by Greene & Associates, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham. Coles is also repped by Management 360.