As you'd probably expect for a film like this, international sales have been brisk, as the sales company representing the film, Metro International Entertainment
, reports that it has sold UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand rights to Biyi Bandele's Half Of A Yellow Sun
- a film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name.
Metro says that it is currently fielding "multiple offers" from USA distributors, so a Stateside pickup could be imminent. I'm actually very curious to learn what USA distributors are chasing the film, and how it will be marketed - likely on the strength of the buzz around Chiwetel Ejiofor, post 12 Years A Slave.
The long-awaited, much-anticipated film adaptation, Bandele's feature film directorial debut, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, John Boyega, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji, in a drama that weaves together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of civil war, with a newly independent 1960s Nigeria as the backdrop.
Produced by Bafta award-winner Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Ega (The Constant Gardner), the film is a British/Nigerian co-production and was shot at Tinapa Film Studio in Nigeria and in the UK.