Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira’s series adaptation of the Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel “Americanah” is no longer moving ahead as planned at HBO Max after Nyong’o was forced to exit the series, according to reports by variety.com.
“Americanah” was originally meant to start shooting earlier this year, but the production dates were pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Nyong’o then had to drop out as it conflicted with other projects on her schedule.
The show originally received a 10-episode straight-to-series order at the streamer last year. Both Nyong’o and Gurira were to serve as executive producers on the show, with Nyong’o starring and Gurira writing and serving as showrunner.
A long time passion project of Nyong’o’s, she had previously planned to adapt the novel into a film in which she would star alongside David Oyelowo. She revealed in 2018 that the plans had changed to adapt it into a series instead.
Along with Nyong’o, the series was set to star Uzo Aduba, Corey Hawkins, Zackary Momoh, and Tireni Oyenusi. It tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze (Momoh). Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London.
This is the latest in a growing list of shows that have been scrapped due to the pandemic. Others are the Netflix shows “The Society” and “I Am Not Okay With This,” while the fourth season of “GLOW” was also recently scrapped. Elsewhere, Showtime pulled the plug on a second season of “On Becoming a God in Central Florida.” Other examples include the ABC drama “Stumptown,” which had its second season renewal reversed at the broadcaster in September.
Netflix Signs A Multiyear Deal With Comedian Kevin Hart
According to The Verge, Netflix, Inc; an American over-the-top content platform and production company has signed a multiyear deal with Kevin Hart and his production company HartBeat Productions for four exclusive films starring Hart and first dibs on films the comedy star develops with his company. Hart had partnered with Netflix earlier for his comedy special Zero F**ks Given, which Netflix says was the “#1 Netflix comedy special in 2020
In the report, this new deal would bring the lucrative comedy star even deeper into the fold as Hart’s films have grossed a combined $4 billion in the global box office, according to Netflix, so taking advantage of that star power to draw users to the streaming service and keep them around makes perfect sense.
Relying on recognizable comedy stars has been a successful formula for Netflix. Adam Sandler’s deal with the company has produced films that consistently rank among the top of Netflix’s charts. Sandler’s films on Netflix have been so popular that Netflix has renewed its deal with the former SNL star twice just to keep him around. Beyond that, Hart and Sandler share a similar broad appeal, generally enjoyed by all ages in the US and fans around the world. As Netflix expands globally, films with stars who are recognizable everywhere become more and more important to keep growing its subscriber base.
Hart’s not without his controversies — most notably, a pattern of homophobic behavior (and tweets) that cost him a gig hosting the Academy Awards in 2019. The star has since acknowledged his mistakes, but Hart’s past remarks could be a concern for some Netflix subscribers.
Judas And The Black Messiah To Have Its World Premiere At 2021 Sundance Film Festival
Judas and the Black Messiah; an upcoming American biographical historical drama film based on the life of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther Party in late 1960s Illinois will have its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on February 1, 2021 at both virtual and in-person screenings. Warner Bros has also released an exhilarating new trailer for the film following the initial trailer which was shared about five months ago.
The film, which recently entered the Oscars race, is scheduled to be released on February 12, 2021, in the United States, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film was originally scheduled to be released on August 21, 2020, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to 2021. As part of its plans for all of its 2021 films, Warner Bros. Pictures will also stream the film simultaneously on the HBO Max service for a period of one month, after which the film will be removed until the normal home media release schedule period.
Watch trailer 1 below;
Directed and produced by Shaka King, the film was written by King and Will Berson, based on a story by King, Berson, and Kenny and Keith Lucas. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. It tells the story of how the Black Panther Party came to be infiltrated by William O’Neal (played by Stanfield) in order to gather intelligence on the chairman, Fred Hampton (played by Kaluuya) who is eventually assassinated. The Black Panther Party was a vital part of the American Civil Rights movement.
The Sundance Film Festival is an annual film festival organized by the Sundance Institute. It takes place each January in Park City, Utah, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Resort, and is the largest independent film festival in the United States. It includes competitive categories, includes documentary and dramatic films, both feature length and short films, in which awards are given, as well as out-of-competition categories for showcasing new films.
Watch Trailer 2 below;
Streaming Movies Just Got Exciting As Netflix Plans To Release Movies Every Week In 2021
International streaming giant, Netflix has announced plans to release a movie every week over the next 12 months. As the pandemic hit hard on the movie industry especially the cinemas, movie producers are rethinking the way forward in providing entertainment to movie lovers. Until people could go back to the cinemas, their source of movies now will be the movie streaming platforms.
https://www.gbafrica.net/greater-shows-to-hit-your-screens-on-netflix-africa/Among the films set to be released on streaming this year include “The Harder They Fall” a Western starring Idris Elba, Regina King and Jonathan Majors, and “Don’t Look Up” starring Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, and Timothee Chalamet.
Greater Shows To Hit Your Screens On Netflix Africa
Four years after Netflix launched across some African countries, it has remained a platform that serves pure entertaining movies and promoting more African content. Major films and shows from Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other African countries were added to the plethora of streaming African titles, alongside other original contents that were produced by some of the biggest film executives.
Aside the streaming challenges in Africa and for some with the view that charges are high, the movie streaming platform has broadened its viewing capacity in Africa and are expecting that by the year 2025, they hit 5 million subscribers.
2020, despite the Corona Virus pandemic was still a good year for African Movies on Netflix. The streaming giant continued to harvest more African titles, boasting of binge-worthy cinematic marvels from filmmakers, who already have dedicated trophy rooms. Netflix was the ultimate guide to good films and interesting shows sourced from Africa.
From Citation to Your Excellency, Before 30, Like Cotton Twines, How To Ruin Christmas, The Perfect Picture: Ten Years Later, Kings of Jo’Burg, Blood and Water and many more, Netflix made viewers have a feel of the diverse African culture from different countries and to not miss the pandemics hit on cinemas.
This year has some promising movies in the pipeline with big announcements of fresh shows to stream later were buzzing, while new negotiations were made to secure a straight-into-production warrant.
For 2021, sequels as well as originals and adaptations are steaming up for release despite the pandemic’s continuous havoc on the film market. With details about production reaches kept under wraps, here are some of the most anticipated African original titles to stream on Netflix in 2021 (or maybe 2022).
If you are a heavy viewer or a light viewer of Netflix you might want to watch out for Blood and Water 2, Castle and Castle season 2, King of Boys 2, Far From Home, and Death and the Kings Horsemen/The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.
We can’t wait for these movies to hit the screens.
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