The book rights were optioned by Lupita Nyong’o to produce through Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment (12 Years a Slave)
Here Independent Production company 55 Media gives their take on how they would approach the material.
Three vast continents, two revolutionary lovers, one epic story.
Based on the award winning novel, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this is Americanah– A magnificient story adapted and directed for the screen by Uche Aguh, and produced by 55Media.
Americanah tells the tale of a young love torn apart by the perils of migration and the constant search for greener pastures. It is a deeply moving and profound story that challenges the idea of race, class, nationality, and socio-economic status. For its protagonist, Adichie, has written a marvelous character in Ifemelu- A young girl, unapologetic, uprooted from her home in Lagos, Nigeria and transplanted, in North America. Her identity becomes questionable, when she realizes suddenly that she now bears the label of a Black-American.
This concept trailer is a direct pitch to the producers of the feature film currently in development, for consideration in the areas of writing and directing (Uche Aguh) and cinematography (Dennis Schmitz).
This concept was shot over a period of seven days, on location in London, with an exact budget of $0.00.
Isio Esiekpe- Ifemelu
Damola Adelaja- Obinze
Jamila Wingett- Kosi
Uche Aguh- Blaine
Freddie Scobey- Curt
Winston Sarpong- Kayode
Daniel Annoh- Dike (Teenage)
Jinmi Onabolu- Dike (Child)
Fatima Hernandez- Ginika
Chopin- Etude Op. 25, Nocturne No.1 Op.9
Fela Kuti- Upside down
Area Scatter- Uwa marala Oka Ome
Special thanks to Damola Adelaja and the Adelaja family for their contributions to this project, and Andrew Gourlay as well.