The Hate U Give is not the only YA adaptation Amandla Stenberg will be starring in this year.
She also has the film adaptation of YA sci-fi dystopian novel The Darkest Minds by author Alexandra Bracken, which is currently set up at 21st Century Fox, with Jennifer Yuh Nelson directing. This will be Nelson’s live-action directorial debut, after working primarily in animation, both for the big and small screens, over the last 15+ years in the business.
Chad Hodge penned the script. Shawn Levy is producing via his 21 Laps shingle.
Alongside Stenberg as one of the main cast members is Skylan Brooks (The Get Down).
The story: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen-years-old, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her: East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.
The novel was first published in 2012 as a hardcover.
In The Darkest Minds, are labeled as terrorist threat levels — Greens. Blues. Yellows. Oranges. Reds.
“The first one is green, where they show heightened intelligence, they’re super smart. Basically savants. Then you have blues that are able to move things telekinetically. Then there are yellows, which are able to basically short out anything that’s electric. So they’re not good to have around your appliances. Then there are the oranges that are able to control people’s minds. And then the reds … Fire starters,” said Yuh Nelson.
A first trailer is set to debut very soon.
Read more about the film adaptation at EW and peep the images below: