One of the year’s biggest young adult books will be headed to the small screen and big screen thanks to a seriously notable couple: Barack and Michelle Obama.
Blackout, published last month by Quill Tree Books, follows a dozen New York teens navigating their love lives in the midst of a summer blackout. Its authors are Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon.
The novel, told in six interlinking stories, was written during the Covid-19 quarantine. A reviewer for Kirkus said the “authors offer something fun and lighthearted that is welcome during the continuing pandemic and that will bring joy long after it’s over.”
The series and film will be executive produced by Higher Ground, the Obamas’ production company, and Temple Hill, the entertainment company behind the Twilightmovies.
The authors of the novel expressed their enthusiasm for the project on Twitter. Thomas tweeted, “Y’all. The news is out. THE OBAMAS are adapting BLACKOUT for film AND TV!! Me and the ladies couldn’t be more thrilled!!!”
Y’all.— Angie Thomas (@angiecthomas) July 12, 2021
The news is out.
THE OBAMAS are adapting BLACKOUT for film AND TV!!
Me and the ladies couldn’t be more thrilled!!!@brownbookworm @getnicced @AshWrites @WriteinBK @NicolaYoon https://t.co/oTDw8ZXVxL
And Clayton wrote, “The epitome of Black love, @BarackObama and @MichelleObama are producing our big love story. I can’t believe it. My heart is so full.”
The epitome of Black love, @BarackObama and @MichelleObama are producing our big love story. I can’t believe it.— Dhonielle Clayton Updates! (@brownbookworm) July 12, 2021
My heart is so full. @WriteinBK, @AshWrites, @NicolaYoon, @getnicced, @angiecthomas 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/QRsIgXG2Fn
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.