Gina Prince-Bythewood

Roxanne Gay book becoming movie with Beyond the Lights team

Gina Prince-Bythewood and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the respective director and star of the romantic drama Beyond the Lights, are reteaming to bring the kidnapping thriller An Untamed State to the big screen.

Prince-Bythewood will helm the adaptation of Roxane Gay’s 2014 novel for Fox Searchlight Pictures, and she will co-write the screenplay with the author herself.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw becomes a pop star in 'Beyond the Lights' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS


It was 2007 and Alicia Keys was singing “Diary” at the Hollywood Bowl when inspiration struck writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball) for her new movie Beyond the Lights, the tale of a perfectly packaged pop star, played by Belle’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who’s been groomed for stardom from a young age by her overbearing, opportunistic mother (Minnie Driver).

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