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Last year, we brought you the news of this Cameroonian writer who snagged a million dollar book deal with Random House. [Read HERE if you missed it.]

The Longings of Jende Jonga by Imbolo Mbue—set for an April 2016 release—is an immigrant tale set in Brooklyn. The novel explores the 2008 financial crisis from the point of view of a Cameroonian chauffer working for a Lehman Brothers executive.

Another piece of good news has just reached us. According to Hollyood Reporters, the manuscript has been optioned for film by Tristar, a division of Sony Pictures.

Get this, the novel is not even published, and it’s already snagged a movie deal.

This is wonderful news for a few reasons. First, as far as being a successful African writer goes, Mbue continues to slay. We are truly happy for her.

The fact that her novel joins an increasing number of African novels making the journey to the big screen is also something worth celebrating.

In the last one year alone, we’ve seen Adichie’s Americanah, Khaled’s Utopia, and Iweala’s Beast of No Nation added to the list of African novels optioned for film. [Read HERE, HERE, and HERE ].We hope that African novels continue to attract movie makers and investors.

 

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

5 Responses to “Tristar Acquires Movie Rights to Imbolo Mbue’s Million-Dollar Manuscript” Subscribe

  1. Gathoni Wa Wairura July 29, 2015 at 1:10 am #

    Amazing news … She must be brilliant. I just want to get my hands on the book now. Thank for reporting this.

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  1. Major African Literary News! | The Most Expensive African Fiction Manuscript Gets a Publication Date | Brittle Paper - August 22, 2015

    […] ago, we brought you the news that Tristar, a Sony company, has optioned the story for film. [Click HERE if you missed […]

  2. Nace una nueva pionera: Imbolo Mbue, premio PEN/Faulkner 2017 | LitERaFRicAs - April 4, 2017

    […] Lo que casi todos desconocemos sobre esta novela es que ya en 2014, tal y como nos informaba Wiriko, la editorial Random House había comprado en la Feria de Frankfurt el manuscrito, bajo otro título en aquel entonces (The Longings of Jende Jonga) que mutó por el más comercial actual, por una cifra altísima (un millón de dólares) y que en 2015, los derechos de la película también se habían vendido. […]

  3. “Nace una nueva pionera: Imbolo Mbue, premio PEN/Faulkner 2017” | Las lecturas de Guillermo - April 6, 2017

    […] Lo que casi todos desconocemos sobre esta novela es que ya en 2014, tal y como nos informaba Wiriko, la editorial Random House había comprado en la Feria de Frankfurt el manuscrito, bajo otro título en aquel entonces (The Longings of Jende Jonga) que mutó por el más comercial actual, por una cifra altísima (un millón de dólares) y que en 2015, los derechos de la película también se habían vendido. […]

  4. Ella habla de la necesidad de “redefinirlo”… | ONG AFRICANDO SOLIDARIDAD CON AFRICA - May 14, 2017

    […] Lo que casi todos desconocemos sobre esta novela es que ya en 2014, tal y como nos informaba Wiriko, la editorial Random House había comprado en la Feria de Frankfurt el manuscrito, bajo otro título en aquel entonces (The Longings of Jende Jonga) que mutó por el más comercial actual, por una cifra altísima (un millón de dólares) y que en 2015, los derechos de la película también se habían vendido. […]

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