EbonyLife Media Managing Director Mo Abudu has announced that EbonyLife Studios will partner with major Hollywood studio, STARZ, a Lionsgate company, to develop the movie “Queen Nzinga”.
According to her, the film will be produced by herself, Yetide Badaki, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson and Steven S. DeKnight.
The scripted drama series will chronicle the incredible life of the famous African warrior queen who will be played by Yetide Badaki.
50 Cent will produce through his G-Unit Film and Television and Abudu will produce through EbonyLife Media. The series, from Lionsgate Television in development for STARZ, will be overseen by Executive Vice President of Original Programming Karen Bailey on behalf of STARZ.
Abudu noted that ‘Queen Nzinga’ is a remarkable true story of Nzinga, warrior queen, set in 17th century Angola and it will be an epic play.
“I’m personally thrilled to be named Executive Producer alongside 50 Cent; Yetide, who also plays our queen Nzinga; and Steve Deknight, the creator, head writer and executive producer of the Starz series ‘Spartacus’,” Abudu said. “How awesome is that?
She thanked Karen Bailey for uniting them on the project, adding, “This project is also special for us, as it comes on the heels of the opening of EBONYLIFE USA LLC in Los Angeles.”? she noted that Africa has a wealth of stories that have yet to be told and that “Queen Nzinga” is a story she has wanted to tell for a long time.
In another development, Abudu announced the release of “Chief Daddy 2”, a film in partnership with EbonyLife Films and Netflix.
According to her, the film is full of drama, chaos, glamor and spectacle. She added that “Chief Daddy 2” will be released on January 1, 2022 on NaijaOnNetflix.
She described the film as “the most star-studded film this season”.
She added: “We loved Dubai as the backdrop for some of our history. Thank you Dubai Tourism for your support.”
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