On the heels of the news that he signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, it has been revealed that Matthew A. Cherry is keeping it in Warner Bros. family with a new film project. He will direct New Line’s comedy film The Come Up, which will star Jermaine Fowler. The film is based on an original idea by Fowler. Also attached to star are Lil Rel Howery and Keith Lucas and Kenneth Lucas. Plot details are scant right now, but it’s known that the project will be a comedy heist film. Michael Starrbury wrote the screenplay.
Deadline first reported this news.
“I am super honored to be working with Jermaine Fowler, Michael Starrbury, John Rickard and New Line on The Come Up,” said Cherry, “Jermaine and Michael are two of the most exciting young creatives working today and I can’t wait to start working with them,” said Cherry.
Starrbury said, “I’ve known Matthew for years and have proudly watched him develop into one of the most promising filmmakers working today. Just as importantly he’s a great guy who fits in with the amazing chemistry we’ve developed with the team and New Line. I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey with all of them.”
Fowler added, “I feel soooo d**n lucky to have Matthew Cherry onboard to helm this film. He’s a brilliant filmmaker whose vibes are genuinely reminiscent of the people that inspired the original concept of the project. I know he will let everyone involved shine and execute a hilarious comedy with a profound message. Plus, he promised that I could hold his Oscar one day.”
Cherry’s short film, Hair Love, won the Oscar for Best Animated Short at last year’s Oscars. His first feature, The Last Fall, debuted at SXSW in 2012. He followed this up with 9 Rides, which debuted at SXSW in 2016. He’s also directed episodes of black-ish, mixed-ish, The Unicorn, the upcoming Saved by the Bell series and more.