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Lauren Beukes’ The Shinning Girls, Adichie’s Americanah, Uzodinma Iweala’s Beast of No Nation, and now Ahmed Khaled Towfik’s Utopia. [See HERE, HERE, and HERE]

The Egyptian bestselling novel is the latest in a growing collection of African novels optioned for the big screen.

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Set in 2023, it tells the story of a dystopian world where an affluent class living in a city called Utopia and the have-nots living in a region called Cairo are locked in bitter conflict.

According to Variety, Egyptian director Rami Imam, known for local hit TV series, is the mastermind behind the project.

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Imam is thinking big with the project, which he says will definitely be capital-intensive. While his production company is spearheading the project, he is also pulling some international strings.

Utopia requires a gargantuan and exceptional effort in visual and special effects, a la Marvel Studios, including greenscreens and CG shots highlighting both worlds,” says Imam.

This is really exciting news. If all goes well, Imam will join Neill Blomkamp, the director of District 9 and Elysium, in a growing group of writers and filmmakers putting African sci-fi on the map.

Congrats to Towfik and Imam. Wishing them all the best!