HBO Max has given a straight-to-series order to Americanah, a long-time passion project of Lupita Nyongo. The Oscar-winning 12 Years Of Slave standout will star and executive produce the limited series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies best-selling novel of the same name. Nyongos Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner on the 10-episode limited series, which hails from Plan B Entertainment, Potboiler Television and D2 Productions.
Americanah tells the epic story of Ifemelu (Nyongo), a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple for the first time with what it means to be black. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous undocumented life in London. A highly lauded tale that has become a leader in the cultural conversation, Americanah is an incredible exploration of the human experience that crosses three continents to give an empathetic, compelling view of the complex realities of race, politics, immigration and identity.
“Americanah has sparked a cultural phenomenon and is revered by fans around the world. It has affected me deeply as one of the most moving, socially relevant and romantic stories of our time,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “With exceptional talent like Lupita and Danai in front of and behind the camera, this series will give viewers a uniquely heartfelt and unforgettable experience.”
The series will be executive produced by Gurira, Lupita Nyongo for Eba Productions, Plan B Entertainment, Andrea Calderwood (Generation Kill) for Potboiler Television, Didi Rea and Danielle Del for D2 Productions, and Nancy Won (Jessica Jones).
“Americanah has been a passion project for me since I read Chimamandas beautiful novel in 2013. Its a tale that is simultaneously timely and timeless,” said Nyongo. “HBO Max is the perfect partner to bring this profound and celebrated story to life, and Im thrilled that Danai will bring to the project her intelligence, wit, and understanding of the stories and the worlds of Americanah.”
Indeed, soon after Americanah was published, Nyongo optioned it and teamed with 12 Years of Slave producer, Plan B, as well as D2 Productions and Potboiler Productions, for a feature adaptation with her attached to star and produce. The film was announced in 2014.
By 2018, Nyongo had recruited her Black Panther co-star Gurira to join the project, which had morphed into a limited series. This marks Nyongo and Guriras latest collaboration. In addition to tRead More – Source