Director Antoine Fuqua has signed up to helm IM Globa’s film adaptation of the novel, “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League,” by Jeff Hobbs.
To be co-produced by Fuqua’s production shingle, Fuqua Films, along will Rebecca Hobbs, and IM Global’s Matt Jackson, the novel tells the true story of the short life of Robert Peace, who escapes the slums of Newark for Yale University, only to succumb to the dangers of the streets he left behind, when he returns home.
The author of the novel, Jeff Hobbs, became friends with Peace while also at Yale. In fact, they were college roommate for four years, which is where and when Hobbs learned of the tough life Peace came from, beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics.
But it didn’t get easier, as Peace’s 2 worlds collided – his time at Yale University, and the life he grew up in and knew well in Newark, New Jersey.
The book details Peace’s relationships – with his struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his teachers and friends, and fellow drug dealers – which were a reflection of the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love.
The book was just published, on September 23, 2014, via Scribner.
“The Equalizer,” Fuqua’s latest, starring Denzel Washington, is now out in theaters. Up next for the director is the boxing drama “Southpaw,” starring Rachel McAdams and Jake Gyllenhaal.