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 2016s Message From the King, which Boseman starred in and executive produced and Coles co-produced.
Boseman also may star in Soul, which 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 worlds 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 Hudlins 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.
Jody Hotchkiss of Hotchkiss & Associates in New York handled the book sale. Boseman is repped by Greene & Associates, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham. Coles is also repped by Management 360.