Kian Lawley was initially cast as Chris but was replaced by KJ Apa after videos surfaced on YouTube of Lawley using racially offensive slurs.
Audrey Wells, the screenwriter who adapted Angie Thomas's novel into a script, died on October 4, 2018, after a five-and-a-half year struggle with cancer. The very next day, October 5, 2018, was the US release date for this movie.
The film makes many references to the beliefs and work of Tupac Shakur. On the night of Tupac's murder (Sept. 13, 1996), he was riding in a black 1996 BMW 7 Series sedan with chrome custom rims- driven by Suge Knight. In this film, King (the film's antagonist) drives a late-model, black BMW 7-Series sedan with chrome, custom rims.
THUG LIFE is an Acronym that was invented by 2Pac, its full meaning is THE HATE U GIVE LITTLE INFANTS F***S EVERYBODY, its been abbreviated for this film, but 2PAC invented the acronym.
On February 5, 2018, it was announced that Kian Lawley had been fired from the film due to a resurfaced video showing Lawley using racially offensive slurs, resulting in his role to be recast and scenes reshot. On April 3, 2018, it was announced that K. J. Apa had been cast to replace Lawley.
Amandla Stenberg, herself an activist, was chosen to lend her features to the heroine. The young actress has been seen, among others, in Hunger Games and the recent Darkest Minds.
The Hate U Give is adapted from the novel "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas published in 2017. It is after the death of the young Oscar Grant at Fruitvale Station in 2009 that the young woman, then a student, writes a short story on police violence against the African-American population. A few years later, as the country faced other such events that led to the birth of the Black Lives Matter protest movement, she decided to make it a book through which she could express her entire life anger: "The Hate U Give" is a real card and Hollywood offers the rights quickly.
The title of the film and Angie Thomas's novel refers to the concept of THUG LIFE - the acronym for The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody (the hatred we inculcate in children eventually destroys us all) - developed by the rapper Tupac Shakur.
The Hate U Give premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018.
For the role of Carlos, Starr's uncle, the filmmakers appealed to Common, famous rapper who also has many cinematographic performances to his credit.
The Hate U Give has been shot in Atlanta, a city very popular with cinema because it offers many different faces. It allowed George Tillman Jr. and his team to recreate the city of Jackson, Mississippi, where Angie located the action of his novel.