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    Jussie Smollett set to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of B-Boy Blues

    Jussie Smollett set to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s novel B-Boy Blues

    Controversial actor Jussie Smollett is making the leap to behind the camera, making his directorial debut on a film that starts shooting this weekend.

    Smollett, 38, is attached to direct an adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s 1994 novel B-Boy Blues, according to The Hollywood Reporter

    While there is no word if Smollett is planning on starring in the film himself, production is slated to begin October 17 in New York City

    Director: Controversial actor Jussie Smollett is making the leap to behind the camera, making his directorial debut on a film that starts shooting this weekend

    B-Boy Blues centers on the complicated relationship between two black men, one a journalist and the other a bike messenger.

    The book was believed to be one of the first to explore same-sex love stories within the hip-hop community. 

    The book was a finalist for the 1995 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT/Small Press Title, which Hardy himself had also adapted for the stage in 2013.

    Relationship: B-Boy Blues centers on the complicated relationship between two black men, one a journalist and the other a bike messenger

    Relationship: B-Boy Blues centers on the complicated relationship between two black men, one a journalist and the other a bike messenger

    Smollett will serve as a producer on the film alongside Hardy, Tom Wilson, Frank Gatson, Sampson McCormick and Madia Hill Scott. 

    Smollett is producing through his newly-formed SuperMassive Movies brand, an off-shoot of his Story Worthy Pictures company.

    The actor-producer has teamed with Wilson, a Cleveland-based investor, to secure ‘mid seven figures’ in funding that will be used to finance projects from minority filmmakers.

    Producer: Smollett will serve as a producer on the film alongside Hardy, Tom Wilson, Frank Gatson, Sampson McCormick and Madia Hill Scott

    Producer: Smollett will serve as a producer on the film alongside Hardy, Tom Wilson, Frank Gatson, Sampson McCormick and Madia Hill Scott

    B-Boy Blues spawned a series of five more books – 2nd Time Around, If Only For One Nite, The Day Eazy-E Died, Love the One You’re With and A House Is Not a Home – plus one short story entitled Is It Still Jood To Ya?

    There is no word if Smollett and his new company plan on adapting any of those books to the big screen as well. 

    While B-Boy Blues marks Smollett’s feature directing debut, he did direct two episodes of Empire back in 2018.

    Director: While B-Boy Blues marks Smollett's feature directing debut, he did direct two episodes of Empire back in 2018

    Director: While B-Boy Blues marks Smollett’s feature directing debut, he did direct two episodes of Empire back in 2018

    Smollett became quite the controversial figure in January 2019, when he revealed that two men attacked him in Chicago, putting a noose around his neck and stating, ‘This is MAGA country.’

    While Chicago police originally filed charges that Smollett and his two attackers had faked and planned the attack, those charges were later dropped.

    However, after an investigation by a special prosecutor, six more charges were filed against Smollett for filing false police reports. 

    Controversial: Smollett became quite the controversial figure in January 2019, when he revealed that two men attacked him in Chicago, putting a noose around his neck and stating, 'This is MAGA country'

    Controversial: Smollett became quite the controversial figure in January 2019, when he revealed that two men attacked him in Chicago, putting a noose around his neck and stating, ‘This is MAGA country’

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