Peace Adzo Medie’s His Only Wife is being adapted for screen!
Rights for Medie’s debut novel were recently acquired by American film production companies SK Global and The Mazur Kaplan company.
Deadline reports that “[t]he acquisition is the first following SK Global and The Mazur Kaplan Company’s recently announced first-look development pact, which included five initial new novels. The company is looking into possibilities with the author for the book’s development as either an English-language movie or a TV series.”
The Mazur Kaplan company was founded by producer Paula Mazur and bookseller Mitchell Kaplan. They set up the company with the specific goal of bringing books to the screen. Medie’s His Only Wife seems a perfect fit.
His Only Wife has been met with critical acclaim since its publication in September 2020 by Algonquin Books. Dubbed “A Crazy Rich Asians for West Africa,” it tells the story of Afi, a young lower class Ghanaian woman who enters an arranged marriage with a rich, uninterested suitor, but soon discovers that not all is as rosy it seems.
The book was the October selection of Reese Witherspoon’s book club and was a runner up for the 2020 Aidoo-Snyder Prize for Best Creative Work. It was also named a best book of 2020 by Buzzfeed, Library Journal, and the Chicago Public Library, and was one of the 50 books on our Notable African Books of 2020 list.
Medie also shared the news on her social media channels, noting that she “realized the story was perfect for TV and film” as she was writing it.
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Medie was born in Liberia and moved to Ghana as a child. She obtained a degree in Geography from the University of Ghana and a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol.
Congratulations Peace Adzo Medie! We can’t wait to see His Only Wife on screen.