Universal Options Jason Reynolds’ LONG WAY DOWN, John Legend To Produce

LONG WAY DOWN is headed to the big screen!

Prolific and celebrated YA author Jason Reynolds may see his latest novel, told in verse and focusing on the cycle of violence, become a movie.

Universal has optioned the rights to Long Way Down, which follows a teen during the single minute he’s deciding whether or not to avenge his brother’s death. As he rides down the elevator, he finds it it stopping at every floor and letting on a new occupant: Somebody Will knows who died thanks to gun violence in his neighborhood.

According to Variety, the National Book Award finalist is on its way to an adaptation with the help of music star John Legend and Michael De Luca, both of whom will serve as producers under their respective production banners.

The adaptation is in the earliest of stages, but we’ll keep you updated as more details emerge. In the meanwhile, check out the book cover and description below, then snag it via Amazon if you haven’t already.

Universal Options Jason Reynolds' LONG WAY DOWN, John Legend To Produce

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

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