Early Riser is based on Chester Himes' Cotton Comes to Harlem novel and screenplay. Early Riser is one of three films included in the Tombigbee Chronicles Number Two. The series of films are based on famous people and objects from Columbus, Mississippi, my parents' hometown. The cotton in the novel and film comes the region around Columbus, Mississippi. Early Riser, filmed noir style, is the scene when detectives Coffin Ed and Grave Digger Jones interrogate Lo-Boy, an artist/hustler, about the event around the demise of his friend Early Riser.