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

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 2, 2012 at 4:39PM

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.
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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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