Play Network’s ‘Hijacked 93’ To Be Produced By Rogers Ofime & Agozie Ugwu
The hijacking of a Nigerian Airways plane in 1993 will be the subject of the original film.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Play Network Studios is going on with plans to create an original film based on the historic hijacking of a Nigerian Airways plane by four young men.
According to Play Network CEO Charles Okpaleke, preproduction on the film is well advanced, with a 2022 release date set. Native media’s Rogers Ofime and Agozie Ugwu were also announced as co-producers on the new project by the film’s executive producer.
Remember that word of the upcoming film dubbed “Hijacked 93” initially made headlines in May, with the filmmaker expressing his delight about working on the tale.
“In line with our commitment to tell our Nigerian stories, my research and writing team at the @playnetworkstudios have been working on an amazing storyline for a few months now that is centered around the 1993 hijack of the Nigerian Airways,” Okpaleke wrote.
On October 25, 1993, four Nigerian young men, Richard Ogunderu, Kabir Adenuga, Benneth Oluwadaisi, and Kenny Rasaq-Lawal, hijacked a Nigerian Airways plane en route to Abuja from Lagos and forced its pilots to land in Niger Republic. Following the failure of the June 12 elections, their brazen move was an attempt to force the government to hand over power to MKO Abiola.
‘Hijacked 93’ joins Play Network’s intriguing lineup of titles set to launch in 2022. Recall that the company had already announced two upcoming remakes of Nollywood classics (‘Diamond Ring’ and ‘Glamour Girls’) as well as three original features, including the highly awaited ‘The Six’ and a biopic of Jaja of Opobo.
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