John Legend, Michael De Luca Producing “Long Way Down” for Universal


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Universal has won the rights to Jason Reynolds’ best-selling young adult novel LONG WAY DOWN in a bidding war with other studios, the Tracking Board has confirmed. The project will be produced by ’s and pop singer ’s

Reynolds’ book, a finalist for the National Award, follows the story of a young man deciding whether to get revenge on the man who murdered his brother. The story is set in an elevator and told in free verse.

Legend is a Grammy and Oscar-winning singer/songwriter who appeared in last year’s La La Land, and has been exec. on a number of films including last year’s Southside with You. He shared an Oscar with Common for their song “Glory” for Ava Duvernay’s Selma.  De Luca is the Oscar nominated of The Social NetworkMoneyball and the Fifty Shades movies, the latter with Universal. Some of the upcoming De Luca has in include Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Joaquin Phoenix, the graphic novel adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking and dozens of others.

Long Way Down will be overseen by Universal Vice President of Production Sara Scott with Lucy Kitada overseeing for .

De Luca is repped by and , while Legend is with , Friends at Work and and Reynods is repped by the Dravis Agency.

This story was first reported on by Variety.

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