The upcoming Razorblade Tears adaptation, based on the best selling novel by S.A. Cosby, is sure to be a thrilling feature film. While at it’s core the novel is a crime fiction, the characters dive into a story of self-reflection and growth that is viscerally grounded in being simply desperate antiheroes. A different kind of character than most people find themselves rooting for.
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This page was updated: 7/29/23
About The Book:
Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid. The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah’s white husband, Derek. Ike had never fully accepted his son but is devastated by his loss.
Derek’s father Buddy Lee was almost as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed his father was a criminal. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though, and he wants to know who killed his boy.
Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, hardened men Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices about their sons and each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.
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Current Production Status:
In the early stages of development, with a screenwriter, as of Summer 2023.
Razorblade Tears Adaptation Timeline:
The book was first published in July 2021, but the bidding war for the Razorblade Tears adaptation started much earlier. Paramount was announced as the winner in January 2021, seven months before the book would be released.
In August 2021 a screenwriter was named to the project.
Filmmakers Travon Free and Martin Roe announced that Razorblade Tears would be their next project in January 2023.
Who Owns The Rights:
Paramount Players won the adaptation rights in a very competitive bidding war. Jerry Bruckheimer Films is also producing the feature film.
Who Is Attached:
Sherman Payne (Charm City Kings) has been named the screenwriter. There has been no casting or director announcements made yet.
With this project still being in the very early stages of development there are no filming locations yet.
Because this project is the very early stages of development there is currently no estimated release.
Previous mentions on AiLL:
Other Adaptations From This Author:
‘Blacktop Wasteland’, also by S.A. Cosby, is in the very early stages of adaptation as well.
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