Deadline is exclusively reporting that Matthew A. Cherry has signed up to direct original heist comedy The Come Up at New Line, with Jermaine Fowler, Lil Rel Howery, Keith Lucas and Kenneth Lucas attached to star.
The screenplay, written by Michael Starrbury, is described as Friday meets Oceans 11 from a story by Jermaine Fowler, who will also serve as executive producer. John Rickard will serve as producer on the project.
Matthew A. Cherry released a statement saying:
I am super honoured to be working with Jermaine Fowler, Michael Starrbury, John Rickard and New Line on The Come Up. Jermaine and Michael are two of the most exciting young creatives working today and I can’t wait to start working with them.
Michael Starrbury added:
I’ve known Matthew for years and have proudly watched him develop into one of the most promising filmmakers working today. Just as importantly he’s a great guy who fits in with the amazing chemistry we’ve developed with the team and New Line. I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey with all of them.
Jermaine Fowler added:
I feel soooo damn lucky to have Matthew Cherry onboard to helm this film. He’s a brilliant filmmaker whose vibes are genuinely reminiscent of the people that inspired the original concept of the project. I know he will let everyone involved shine and execute a hilarious comedy with a profound message. Plus, he promised that I could hold his Oscar one day.
Matthew A. Cherry earned an Academy Award this year for Best Animated Short Film with Hair Love, which Cherry raised over $280,000 on Kickstarter, the most that any short film achieved on the funding platform at the time and would spin off as a children’s book last year, with illustrations by Vashti Harrison.