‘The Hate U Give’ Screenwriter Died Day Before Film Debuted In Theaters

October 7, 2018  |  

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ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 03: (L-R) Bobby Sessions, Karan Kendrick, TJ Wright, Lamar Johnson, Algee Smith, Regina Hall, Amandla Stenberg, Angie Thomas, George Tillman Jr., and David Banner onstage during “The Hate U Give” Atlanta Red Carpet Screening at Regal Atlantic Station on October 3, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)

The screenwriter for The Hate U Give sadly passed away a day before her film debuted in theaters. Audrey Well lost her battle with cancer last Thursday (Oct. 4) at 58-years-old.

“Over the last five and a half years, Audrey fought valiantly against her illness and she died surrounded by love,” her husband Brian Wells said in the statement. “Even during her fight, she never stopped living, working or traveling, and she never lost her joy, wonder and optimism. She was, simply, the most incredible wife and partner imaginable, and she knew always that she was loved by Tatiana, me and the friends who were her chosen family.”


During her career, Wells wrote the scripts for George of the Jungle, Under the Tuscan Sun, Shall We Dance and The Kid. 

The Hate U Give is a movie adaptation the New York Times Bestseller book, written by Angie Thomas, that follows high school student Starr after she witnesses her best friend be shot and killed by the police.

Thomas recognized her collaborator after her untimely death.

“It was a joy to work with Audrey, and I’m forever grateful for what she gave us with The Hate U Give. She will truly be missed,” Thomas wrote on Instagram.  ‬

For its opening weekend in select theaters, The Hate U Give is expected to gross $500,000. The film will hit theaters everywhere October 19th.


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