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'The Hate U Give' Screenwriter Dies At Age 58, Just One Day Before The Film's Premiere

By Erica Diaz

Audrey Wells is the screenwriter behind popular films like Under The Tuscan Sun, George of the Jungle, A Dog's Purpose, and Shall We Dance. She battled cancer for five and a half years, but the disease finally took her life October 4, just one day before her newest project hit theaters. 

The screenwriter's last project was adapting the popular young adult novel The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, to the big screen. The story follows a teenage girl while she navigates life after witnessing the police shoot her best friend. Issues of race, police brutality, peer pressure, community, and family dynamics all play a major part in the film.

Angie Thomas honored Audrey Wells after her passing, posting this on Instagram: