Halle Berry Sought For Nollywood Director Obi Emelonye's Next - An Epic Titled 'Safari'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 2, 2012 4:39 PM
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Worth-listening to conversation with Nollywood director Obi Emelonye, whose follow-up to his 2011 fantasy/adventure hit The Mirror Boy, titled Last Flight To Abuja (the pricey disaster/thriller, said to be the first of its kind in Nollywood, inspired by true events), opened in London last week Friday.

In the 13-minute interview below, courtesy of SmartMonkey TV, Emelonye talks about his latest film Last Flight to Abuja, of course; but he also dishes on Nollywood film financing, distribution and exhibition, existing in "2 worlds" (the UK and Nigeria), and on his next film project, said to be an ambitious work titled Safari.

Of most interest to Stateside audiences will likely be his mention that Halle Berry is the actress being sought to star in Safari; he reveals that the script for the film has been sent to Ms Berry as of the time of the interview, which was uploaded to YouTube just 2 days ago; and if she accepts, then, it'll be a coup for not only the project, but for Nollywood cinema as well, as he suggests.

Halle Berry in a Nollywood film? Maybe... I haven't seen Last Flight To Abuja yet (it hasn't played in the USA, although it opened in London last week Friday, after a hugely successful world premiere at The Troxy Cinema in East London in front of over 1300 guests). So I'd like to check it out, despite not being turned on by the trailer (embedded below).

It won't be the first time we've seen this kind of cross-continental Diasporic collab; specifically, Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. FoxJimmy Jean-LouisBern CohenGenevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Okereke in Tony Abulu's upcoming Doctor BelloKimberly Elise in award-winning Ghanaian-American filmmaker Leila Djansi's Ties That Bind; Vivica Fox, Mbong Amata, and Hakeem Kae Kazim in Jeta Amata's Black November, to name a few; and I expect that we'll continue to see even more of them, which is a good thing, in my humble opinion.

Will Halle Berry bite? I dunno. We'll just have to wait and see. If she digs the script and the money is good, she just might... ya never know.

Watch the 13-minute interview with director Emelonye immediately below (he talks about Safari and Halle Berry in the last minute); he does say that the script is being pitched to "very-well known A-listers," suggesting more than 1. So there could be others in the mix that we'll find out about eventually.

He doesn't say what the film is about however.

 
OMOTOLA JALADE-EKIENDE, JIM IYKE, HAKEEM KAE-KAZIM, ALI NUHU, JIDE KOSOKO, URU EKE, ANTHONY MONJARO, ALL JETTING IN!! THIS WILL BE THE BIGGEST PREMIERE EVER IN THE WORLD FOR A NOLLYWOOD FILM (2000 SEATS), AFTER THE RECORD BREAKING PREMIERE LAST YEAR OF THE MIRROR BOY.
 
RELEASED IN UK, NIGERIA, GHANA, KENYA, TANZANIA AND STH AFRICA OVER COMING MONTHS.

Underneath the interview, you'll find the theatrical trailer and poster for Last Flight To Abuja:

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13 Comments

  • Tonton Michel | July 6, 2012 4:21 PMReply

    If Halle Berry keeps putting out garbage movies she will be starring in a Mongolian opera for a bag of popcorn.

  • Ray | July 3, 2012 10:02 PMReply

    I don't know, maybe it could be good.. you never know, it may help with the "black films don't sell overseas" non-sense somehow.. Time will tell.

  • Orville | July 3, 2012 5:59 PMReply

    Halle Berry is NOT going to star in a Nollywood movie she considers herself to be an A list American actress. I think someone like Naomie Harris or Thandie Newton would consider taking on this role but not Halle. Halle really markets herself towards a western audience.

  • Nadine | July 3, 2012 6:18 PM

    A-list actors market themselves directly overseas all the time. When I was in Japan, Clooney was everywhere...EVERYWHERE in commercials/productions exclusively made for Japanese audiences. She should consider... actually most of the American actors of color should expand and secure their audiences overseas from Brazil to S. Korea...

  • anon | July 3, 2012 5:12 PMReply

    thandie would do it

  • anon | July 3, 2012 5:10 PMReply

    lol these american stars thinking they are better than nollywood when they cant get arrested in hollywood! they will be BEGGING to do it at some point once they see how popular nollywood is but he should forget about halle maybe kerry washington at LEAST she is black!

  • Mike | July 3, 2012 3:00 PMReply

    @ FIONA why you hating ? the guy want her, let him have her, his money and story is the main thing.

    his creativity and don't just hate ........ read the article ,,,, they are talking to group a list actors not just her.

  • dayo | August 1, 2012 10:40 PM

    Just because they are talking to A-list actors does not mean that the film, "safari" , will be good. And I am not hating...I am just talking to a group of myopic internet users!!!

  • Fiona | July 3, 2012 12:19 PMReply

    unless he as a lot of money and she's gonna do it purely for the money, this is a far fetched dream. cos his work does not have any appeal for someone like halle berry. she won't put her career in his hands unless she wants the money. and the fact that his colleagues are using Hollywood stars does not mean he should want to outshine them by going for Halle Berry. fill your mouth with what you can chew.

  • Donella | July 2, 2012 7:22 PMReply

    Halle should do it. And if she's offered a picture in Brazil or China, she should do those.

  • Miles Ellison | August 1, 2012 11:10 PM

    Open the door for African American actresses to do what? Play maids? Be in Tyler Perry movies? Strip naked and have sex with Billy Bob Thornton?

  • dayo | August 1, 2012 10:37 PM

    Halle should do no such thing! Halle should focus on opening the door for other African American women like she so tearfully attested to in her "thank you remarks" when she won her Oscar for "monster's ball"...

  • Nadine | July 3, 2012 5:53 PM

    Exactly Donella...

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