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‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Sells Overseas As Sales Company Fields ‘Multiple Offers’ From USA Distributors

'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Sells Overseas As Sales Company Fields 'Multiple Offers' From USA Distributors

As you’d probably expect for a film like this, international sales have been brisk, as the sales company representing the film, Metro International Entertainment, reports that it has sold UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand rights to Biyi Bandele’s Half Of A Yellow Sun – a film adaptation of celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Orange Prize-winning novel of the same name.

Metro says that it is currently fielding “multiple offers” from USA distributors, so a Stateside pickup could be imminent. I’m actually very curious to learn what USA distributors are chasing the film, and how it will be marketed – likely on the strength of the buzz around Chiwetel Ejiofor, post 12 Years A Slave.
The long-awaited, much-anticipated film adaptation, Bandele’s feature film directorial debut, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, John BoyegaAnika Noni RoseJoseph Mawle and Genevieve Nnaji, in a drama that weaves together the lives of four people swept up in the turbulence of civil war, with a newly independent 1960s Nigeria as the backdrop.

Produced by Bafta award-winner Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Gail Ega (The Constant Gardner), the film is a British/Nigerian co-production and was shot at Tinapa Film Studio in Nigeria and in the UK.

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I can not wait to see this movie. But I will temper my expectations based on reviews I have read about the movie.


I must say the territory offers mentioned here are largely expected sales destinations for a film of this caliber or Black films made for English speaking audiences in general. In fact a film at this budget level would likely not be greenlit without confidence it would sell to these countries as a low expectation. It's the remaining 55 foreign territories that will indicate the overall global success of this and other Black titles–among them France and Germany which may account for 20% of foreign sales revenue.

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