Biyi Bandele To Direct Ebonylife & Netflix’s ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’
The award-winning Nigerian novelist also adapted the screenplay.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
The cinematic adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s ‘Death and the King’s Horseman,’ produced by Netflix and EbonyLife Studios, has begun principal photography.
The film will be set as a period piece and will follow the plotline of Soyinka’s play, which will be adapted for cinema by award-winning novelist and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ filmmaker Biyi Bandele, who will also direct.
EbonyLife CEO Mo Abudu confirmed production on Instagram: “We started with Castle & Castle 2, we then went on to Chief Daddy 2, then recently announced Blood Sisters and yesterday, we started principal photography on something very dear and special- Death and the King’s Horseman.
“Death and the King’s Horseman is a play by Professor Wole Soyinka based on a real incident that took place in Nigeria during the colonial era: the horseman of a Yoruba king was prevented from committing ritual suicide by the colonial authorities.
“It has been a lot of work bringing this particular project to life because it is a project piece set in Nigeria in the 1940s.”
While the film’s cast has yet to be revealed, Abudu announced that Heidi Uys, Judith Audu, Quinty Pillay, Adeola Osunkujo, and James Amuta are co-producing the new film. Lance Gewer (‘Tsotsi’), an award-winning cinematographer, is the Director of Photography.
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