Stanley Kalu’s ‘The Obituary of Tunde Johnson’ will be directed by the co-creator of ‘Everybody hates Chris’

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, written by the Nigerian student, Stanley Kalu—who schooled in University of Southern California’s Cinematic Arts—now has a director, Ali LeRoi —the co-creator of the comedy hit Tv series, Everybody Hates Chris.

Kalu’s script for The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, won $1 million in a screenplay competition through The Launch, a fellowship co-created by Jason Shuman and Zachary Green to find excellent next generation of screenwriters from around the world. Shuman and Green are producing Kalu’s project with Chuck and Marni Bond, alongside LeRoi who just signed as the director.

Deadline reports that the movie production will begin later this month. And as the publication reports, the plot follows “a wealthy, black, high school senior who falls victim to an endless time loop of police brutality”.

In an old interview with his school, USC cinematic Art, the talented script writer—Stanley Kalu—spoke about his art through the perspective of his nomadic life with his family who has lived in seven different countries since his birth; “my fractured perspective turns my writing to mercury. Ever shifting. Ever changing. Always different”.

Through the many acheivements LeRoi has underneath his sleeves —being the creator behind the hit TV series, Are We There Yet, and an Emmy winner for The Chris Rock Show— he is a trusted partner to compliment Kalu’s artistic proficiency by directing The Obituary of Tunde Johnson.

We look forward to a release date.

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