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We are still reeling from the excitement of Lupita Nyongo optioning the rights for Chimamanda Adichie’s novel, Americanah.

But that was only the first step towards getting Adichie’s novel on the silver screen.

With Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, teaming up with Pot Boiler to develop the story, it’s official. Americanah movie is definitely happening!

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Here is Yahoo’s The Wrap reporting the news:

Who said Lupita Nyong’o would struggle in Hollywood after winning an Oscar for “12 Years a Slave?” Just days after being cast in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” Nyong’o has signed on to star in and produce an adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel “Americanah,” it was announced Thursday.

Nyong’o, along with D2 Productions, Brad Pitt’s company Plan B and Potboiler Productions, has secured the rights to develop the book into a feature film.

“Americanah” is the epic love story of Ifemelu and Obinze, young Nigerians whose romance spans continents, visas, phone cards and breakups. The film explores the cruelties and the humor of both the modern immigrant experience and the difficulty of finding your way home.

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3 Responses to “Americanah Movie Update: Brad Pitt’s Production Company Teams Up With Lupita Nyongo” Subscribe

  1. Obinna Udenwe June 8, 2014 at 1:39 am #

    We are getting there. Who would ever think that African literature would by now shine bright like a star.

  2. Oyin Oludipe June 9, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    This is really exciting, consoles for the hold-up of Half of a Yellow Sun here in Nigeria.

    Best wishes tho, Chim

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