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Lupita Nyong’o & Brad Pitt Reuniting For ‘Americanah’ Film Adaptation

Lupita Nyong’o & Brad Pitt Reuniting For 'Americanah' Film Adaptation

An update on the recent announcement that Lupita Nyong’o had optioned film rights to author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest novel “Americanah”…

Today brings word that the actress will reunite with Brad Pitt’s Plan B shingle (“12 Years A Slave”) on the project, with D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions partnering with her in securing rights to develop Adichie’s novel.
Of course Ms Nyong’o, fresh off her supporting actress Oscar win for “12 Years A Slave,” will also star in the story on the immigrant experience from the POV of Nigerians in America. 
The rising star is currently working on J J Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and will next give voice to a character in Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book,” set up at Disney. 
No ETA yet, but with Pitt’s support, I suspect it will get done sooner than later. 
I should note that, in addition to producing Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave,” Pitt’s Plan B production company is also doing the same for Ava DuVernay’s “Selma.”

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Brad's been pretty consistent with seeking higher ground. If you view Spike's doc on Katrina, I believe God Willing and the Creek Don't Rise, he's working with his architectural degree to build green housing for Katrina survivors.


Does anybody get the feeling Brad Pitt is taking on the motivation from Dutch Schultz from Hoodlum? Nobody cared about the dimes, nickles and pennies in the black community. Until those he started making money. Well if he's smart enough to invest in high profile projects involving POC more power to him. A lot of well to do wealthy POC complain when a white person helms a predominately black film. They speak loudly with their mouths and whisper with their wallets.


I don't get it. Who is the audience for this film? If the film is true to the book, African Americans will be extremely angry.


Last two articles on Shadow and Act: casting announcement for a Tyler Perry show on Oprah's network, Brad Pitt's Plan B adding Lupita's Americanah (which she optioned herself) to a slate that currently includes the past best picture winner 12 Years a Slave and the likely future best picture nominee Selma.

If you do not count Precious (which you should not, that film was completed when Harpo cosigned it), this will be the third film in the past few years Plan B has shepherded that will feel right at home on this site. By comparison, Harpo hasn't made a feature since 2007's Great Debaters.

By comparison, the new Perry show will be the 18th damn show two of the wealthiest of our people in Hollywood will have on the OWN Network. Brilliant, just reinforces what we already know: the folks at the top are getting over on us. Repeatedly.

*If anyone replies to this stating that Harpo is producing Selma I'm going to throw my laptop through the wall. It's a Plan B film that, again, has been cosigned.

Getting over. All the way damn over.


I wish Lupita all the best with turning this book into a movie. I'm saying she better know and understand who the audience is for this book before this movie goes into production.

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