With an opening chapter the author has said is like a movie itself, it’s no surprise a Blacktop Wasteland adaptation was in the works shortly after the book was released.
A thrilling ride along the backroads of rural Virginia, where a retired getaway driver is lured into one last heist that could either save or destroy his family, S. A. Cosby’s writing is gritty, intense, and emotionally charged, the perfect recipe for a story ready to be brought to life on screen.
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This page was updated: 8/9/23
About The Book:
Beauregard “Bug” Montage: husband, father, honest car mechanic. But he was once known – from North Carolina to the beaches of Florida – as the best getaway driver on the East Coast. Just like his father, who disappeared many years ago.
After a series of financial calamities (worsened by the racial prejudices of the small town he lives in) Bug reluctantly takes part in a daring diamond heist to solve his money troubles – and to go straight once and for all. However, when it goes horrifically wrong, he’s sucked into a grimy underworld which threatens everything, and everyone, he holds dear . . .
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Current Production Status:
This project is still in the very early stages of development as of Summer 2023.
Blacktop Wasteland Adaptation Timeline:
The books was first published in July 2020 and went on to be nominated for numerous mystery/thriller awards.
In October 2020 it was announced that the rights had been picked up and that Virgil Williams (Mudbound) had been brought on to write the script.
There have been no further updates regarding the status of the film and if it is being actively worked on.
Who Owns The Rights:
Picturestart and Get Lifted Film Co. have partnered to acquire the rights and produce a feature film adaptation. Get Lifted Film Co. is the production company of John Legend and Mike Jackson.
Who Is Attached:
As of Summer 2023 there have been no casting announcements or names attached to the film.
Who would you like to see cast? Leave your dream casting in the comments!
Haha I have 3 choices
Micheal B. Jordan
— S.A.Cosby (@blacklionking73) August 1, 2023
With the project still in the very early stages of development there are currently no known filming locations yet.
There is currently no estimated release timeframe made public as of Summer 2023 for when this movie will come to our screens.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
This book has not been featured on Alison in Libraryland before.
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘Razorblade Tears’ was optioned by Jerry Bruckheimer’s production company under their deal with Paramount.
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