EbonyLife Films is working on a screen adaptation of Wole Soyinka's "Death and the King's Horseman."
The filmmaker made the announcement on Instagram with a photo of herself and the renowned Nigerian playwright, Soyinka, having lunch at Scotts in London.
According to Abudu, EbonyLife Films has acquired the rights to turn the great work of literature into a feature film for global distribution.
Happy Sunday beautiful people . Lunch with Prof today at Scotts in London. Its always lovely to see Prof. Thank you so much for always making the time out of your busy schedule to meet with me.#emo#wqA=## I truly appreciate it. Work and planning continues with EbonyLife Films development of our forthcoming feature film - Death and the King's Horseman - Yes beautiful people EbonyLife Films has acquired the rights to make this incredible work into a feature film for global distribution. We will continue to change the narrative and tell our stories. Lord we thank you for all these incredible opportunities you give us
Written by Soyinka during his political exile from Nigeria, "Death and the King's Horseman" is based on a real incident that took place in Nigeria during British colonial rule: the horseman of a Yoruba King was prevented from committing ritual suicide by the colonial authorities
Based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, "Death and the King's Horseman" follows the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king's chief horseman; his son, Olunde, who is studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer.
The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene.
The announcement by Abudu comes months after Tunde Kelani announced the big screen adaptation of another of Soyinka's books, "The Lion and the Jewel."
No cast or director has been officially attached to "Death and King's Horseman."
Other upcoming projects from EbonyLife Films include "Chief Daddy," a star-studded film set for December release.