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Oscar Winner Matthew A. Cherry to Direct Comedy Heist ‘The Come Up’

Oscar Winner Matthew A. Cherry to Direct Comedy Heist ‘The Come Up’

  • Matthew A. Cherry has signed on to direct New Line's new comedy heist film 'The Come Up.'
Oscar Winner Matthew A. Cherry to Direct Comedy Heist ‘The Come Up’

Oscar-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry has signed on to direct the comedy heist The Come Up for New Line.

The Come Up was written by Michael Starrbury, the Emmy-nominated scribe of the Netflix miniseries When They See Us. The story is described as Friday meets Oceans 11 from an original story idea by Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America, Sorry to Bother You) who will also star and executive produce. Get Out‘s Lil Rel Howery and Keith Lucas and Kenneth Lucas will also be starring in the film. John Rickard (Rampage, Horrible Bosses) will be producing.

“I am super honored to be working with Jermaine Fowler, Michael Starrbury, John Rickard and New Line on The Come Up,” said Cherry. “Jermaine and Michael are two of the most exciting young creatives working today and I can’t wait to start working with them.

Starrbury adds, “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.”

Cherry won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for Hair Love at this year’s Oscars. The animated short film is about an African-American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. Cherry’s accompanying picture book of the same name (illustrated by Vashti Harrison) is a New York Times Best Seller. Cherry signed a multi-year, first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television last week.

Deadline first reported the news.

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