The Black Kids: Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu to direct her first Hollywood movie
Wanuri Kahiu will be directing her first Hollywood movie under Gotham Group Advertising – The movie titled The Black Kids is adapted from a novel by Christina Hammonds Reed .
She rose to fame after her movie Rafiki was banned by the Kenya Film and Classification Board Rafiki filmmaker, Wanuri Kahiu, has landed a new deal with the Gotham Group to direct her first Hollywood movie.
The Kenyan star whose movie, Rafiki, was banned in Kenya will be directing a movie adapted from a novel dubbed The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed.
An excited Wanuri took to her Twitter page to share the good news with her fans who hailed her for the achievement.
“New project alert. Excited to be working with Gotham on this movie,” she wrote.
The Black Kids tells the story of a wealthy African-American teenager whose family is caught up in the 1992 Los Angeles riots. According to a report by the Deadline, The Black Kids will be directed by Wanuri and will be adapted by Allison Davis.
Wanuri is also set to direct Millie Bob Brown in The King About Jellyfish for made up stories and will be adapting Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed for Juvee Productions and Amazon.
Banning of her gay movie, which was the only one selected from Kenya for the Cannes Film Festival, opened doors for her major deals in the US.
Rafiki was one of the winners at the Africa Movies Academy Awards 2019 (AMAA) that was held in Lagos on Sunday, October 27.
The movie won Best Achievement in Editing and Best Film in an African Language out of 10 nominations it received in September. Rafiki took the lead, beating films from Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania and Ghana.