Lakeith Stanfield will star in a feature film adaptation of Kwame Onwuachi's memoir "Notes From a Young Black Chef" with A24 on board to fund the film.
Randy McKinnon will adapt the script from the essay written by Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein. Knopf recently acquired the rights to publish the memoirs, and the film rights were revoked shortly thereafter. There is no director known yet.
The story is about Onwuachi's unprecedented journey from childhood in the Bronx with a mostly single mother to the opening of a gourmet restaurant in Washington DC at the age of 26. The story covers the extreme ups and downs of becoming a chef in a predominantly white, elite industry, including financing his first catering business by selling candy in the subway, which can be seen in "Top Chef", and his first restaurant, Shaw Bijou in DC, which closes just eleven weeks after its founding.
Stanfield starred last year and starred in several films, including "Sorry to Bother You" and the upcoming thriller "Knives Out" along with the FX series. " Atlanta". He recently completed the production of "The Photograph" from Universal. This year also "Uncut Gems" will be premiered by A24.
McKinnon has partnered with Annapurna, Disney and Paramount to launch feature projects. He also wrote for the Netflix show "Chambers" and Simon Kinberg's upcoming Apple series "War of the Worlds" He is represented by CAA and Morris Yorn.
CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Onwuachi, Stanfield, McKinnon and Love. Onwuachi is also represented by Lori Galvin at Aevitas Creative Management and Stanfield from Stark Management and Ginsburg Daniels Kallis LLP. McKinnon, which is managed by Grandview, is also represented by Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer and others, and Love is also represented by Morris Yorn.
(Image: Lakeith Stanfield, Kwame Onwuachi)