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Lupita Nyong’o & Brad Pitt Reuniting For 'Americanah' Film Adaptation

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 5, 2014 6:22 PM
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Brad Pitt & Lupita Nyong'o

An update on the recent announcement that Lupita Nyong’o had optioned film rights to author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest novel "Americanah"...

Today brings word that the actress will reunite with Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle ("12 Years A Slave") on the project, with D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions partnering with her in securing rights to develop Adichie’s novel.

Of course Ms Nyong’o, fresh off her supporting actress Oscar win for "12 Years A Slave," will also star in the story on the immigrant experience from the POV of Nigerians in America. 

The rising star is currently working on J J Abrams’ "Star Wars: Episode VII," and will next give voice to a character in Jon Favreau’s "The Jungle Book," set up at Disney. 

No ETA yet, but with Pitt's support, I suspect it will get done sooner than later. 

I should note that, in addition to producing Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave," Pitt's Plan B production company is also doing the same for Ava DuVernay's "Selma."

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  • Donella | June 6, 2014 3:44 PMReply

    Brad's been pretty consistent with seeking higher ground. If you view Spike's doc on Katrina, I believe God Willing and the Creek Don't Rise, he's working with his architectural degree to build green housing for Katrina survivors.

  • RANDOM COMMENTARY | June 6, 2014 11:33 AMReply

    Does anybody get the feeling Brad Pitt is taking on the motivation from Dutch Schultz from Hoodlum? Nobody cared about the dimes, nickles and pennies in the black community. Until those he started making money. Well if he's smart enough to invest in high profile projects involving POC more power to him. A lot of well to do wealthy POC complain when a white person helms a predominately black film. They speak loudly with their mouths and whisper with their wallets.

  • h | June 6, 2014 9:21 AMReply

    I don't get it. Who is the audience for this film? If the film is true to the book, African Americans will be extremely angry.

  • jeni | June 6, 2014 1:27 PM

    "Who is the audience for this film?" You sound like the cranky establishment that continually hates on projects by people of color over at Deadline. The audience will be people smart enough to have read one of the most-talked about books of the past year.
    I'm definitely no stan (I had issues with the book, too)--just stating the facts.

  • RE:H | June 6, 2014 12:46 PM

    All the better, time to shake the base. We're not perfect and we're not a monolith: time to get folks angry!

  • Interesting | June 5, 2014 11:18 PMReply

    Last two articles on Shadow and Act: casting announcement for a Tyler Perry show on Oprah's network, Brad Pitt's Plan B adding Lupita's Americanah (which she optioned herself) to a slate that currently includes the past best picture winner 12 Years a Slave and the likely future best picture nominee Selma.

    If you do not count Precious (which you should not, that film was completed when Harpo cosigned it), this will be the third film in the past few years Plan B has shepherded that will feel right at home on this site. By comparison, Harpo hasn't made a feature since 2007's Great Debaters.

    By comparison, the new Perry show will be the 18th damn show two of the wealthiest of our people in Hollywood will have on the OWN Network. Brilliant, just reinforces what we already know: the folks at the top are getting over on us. Repeatedly.

    *If anyone replies to this stating that Harpo is producing Selma I'm going to throw my laptop through the wall. It's a Plan B film that, again, has been cosigned.

    Getting over. All the way damn over.

  • STOP IT | June 6, 2014 5:48 PM

    @Jeni, well if viewership numbers and money (spent by blacks on films/movies are any indication of what's interesting and loved by most blacks in America (and facts don't lie), I believe you'll find the answer to your question. Still confused? Well, bring a counter argument or HUSH!

  • jeni | June 6, 2014 1:31 PM

    "Their products are loved by the majority of blacks..." According to whom/what?

  • STOP IT! | June 6, 2014 12:55 PM

    Please, Tyler and Oprah are not the Salvation Army. It's their money so they can do with it as they please. To that point, all you crying ass Negros (and hatin' ass knee-grows who seem to congregate at this site) need to find your own money and then you'd have something interesting to talk about.

    Besides, if I am not mistaken, Oprah AND Tyler has done more for the black community (including those in the film business) than ANYONE on this earth. So know what you're talking about before opening your stupid mouths.

    And lastly, y'all do know your voices are in the minority, right? Yep, Oprah and Tyler (and their products are loved by the majority of blacks in this USA. So again, stop showing all your ignorance. Try it, it might become a good habit.

  • Marie | June 6, 2014 12:28 PM

    Agreed. Winfrey and Perry are two of the few who have the means and the clout to produce high-quality movies and tv shows starring black talent. Instead, they opt for low-quality (i.e., anything created by Perry.) Part of the problem is that Winfrey sees herself as an "actress" and is therefore more focused on winning an actor Oscar instead of committing to helping others with more talent get noticed. She's helped authors sell books and helped folks get their own tv shows, why not help black filmmakers instead of having to take center stage herself?

  • troublemaker | June 5, 2014 10:06 PMReply

    I wish Lupita all the best with turning this book into a movie. I'm saying she better know and understand who the audience is for this book before this movie goes into production.

  • troublemaker | June 6, 2014 12:11 AM

    I would like to know who her audience is for the movie. Is it the book audience? Is it African Americans? Is it mainstream America? Is it all the above?

  • Seriously? | June 5, 2014 11:43 PM

    SMDH. No words.

  • Ladybug | June 5, 2014 11:26 PM

    Agreed . . . while I enjoyed Half of a Yellow Sun I found Americanah polarizing . . . not sure how African Americans will view the film if it's adaption is faithful to the book.

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