Richard Wright’s novel Native Son will soon hit the big screen, adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, Deadline has announced. Parks will work with debuting director and artist/photographer Rashid Johnson.
Native Son controversially captures Chicago’s inner ghettos through the eyes of 20-year-old African American, rapist, and murderer Bigger Thomas. “It’s about fear, violence, hatred and an environment that is hard, if not impossible, to escape from,” reads a description of the book on Deadline. “It was an eye-opener for its Caucasian readers and became part of the high-school and college curriculum across the nation.”
Previously adapted for the stage and screen, the 1940 novel has sparked controversy in its depiction of South Side Chicago through the eyes of an unlikely protagonist.
Bow an Arrow’s Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman will be producing the new film.