On October 13, it was announced that Ibi Zoboi’s 2018 Contemporary novel Pride was recently picked up to be adapted as a series with HBO!
Deadline announced that screenwriter Aziza Barnes, alongside actress and screenwriter Natasha Rothwell would be leading the development alongside Alloy Entertainment.
Pride follows Zuri Benitez whose not interested in the wealthy family that moves in across the street, much less the two teenage sons. However that begins to change when she needs to get along with one of the sons, Darius and sparks begin to fly. Pride also discusses gentrification as Zuri notices her beloved neighborhood, begins changing.
Zoboi’s novel also explores Zuri’s Haitian-Dominican heritage.
Warner Bros. Television is attached alongside production with executive producers Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo through Alloy.
Barnes was the writer for Snowfall and Netflix’s Teenage Bounty Hunters, while Rothwell is a recurring lead actress and writer for HBO’s Insecure.
No other details about the upcoming adaptation were announced. Zoboi is a National Book Award Finalist and her star-reviewed novel Pride is a Pride And Prejudice retelling.
Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi is out now!