*Author Teri Woods’ novel “True to the Game” ruled the early ‘90s selling more than 2 million copies worldwide since its release and has finally made it to the big screen as Director Preston A. Whitmore II and Executive Producer Manny Halley team up for a gangster melodrama starring Columbus Short, Vivica A. Fox and Nelsan Ellis.
The LA screening took place at the DGA Theater and Director Preston A. Whitmore II spoke with EUR correspondent Jay Styles on his excitement when finding out that he would be directing the film.
“Well, I was really excited because I’m a fan of Teri Woods novels so what was interesting about it is somebody had brought the project to me… maybe 7 years ago,” Whitmore stated. So when they ask me to come aboard, I had notes already.”
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Executive Producer Manny Halley discussed “jumping all the way in” for the film and “showing people if you believe in something you can actually achieve it.”
“Because of my music career I’ve been blessed to getting a lot of calls from people to manage them so I was focusing on that and then I got really close to the rights being reverted back and I was like..darn it …this can’t happen.. this is a great movie let me jump all the way in and I jumped all the way in and I (inaudible) the prints for photography and I just shot the movie,” Halley said.
The film follows a Philadelphia kingpin Quadir (Columbus Short) pursuing a relationship with Gena Hollins (Erica Peeples) whose dream is to become a writer and finish school however; Gena’s involvement with Quadir leads to some unexpected turn of events.
“True to the Game” is in theaters now. For showtimes in your area, click HERE.