Wanuri Lands Yet Another Hollywood Deal

Kenyan movie producer Wanuri Kahiu who was behind the locally banned film Rafiki, has landed yet another mega-deal from Hollywood.

In a tweet, the famous producer revealed that he was selected to direct an upcoming movie in the United States based on the novel The Black Kids.

The novel, set be to be published September 1 via Simon & Schuster, is a coming-of-age story of a wealthy African-American teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Ever since Wanuri released her controversial LGBT film Rafiki, her career has really soured. She was recruited last year by Amazon which is developing “Wild Seed”, a drama series based on the first book in Octavia E. Butler’s acclaimed Patternist sci-fi series.

The high-flying Kenyan film director and Nigeria’s author Nnedi Okorafor will write the project following a chase for rights by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions.

Later last year, she also made it to the “100 Next List” alongside Ugandan musician tuned presidential candidate Bobi Wine, Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Nigerian-Jamaican chef and restauranteur Kwame Onwuachi.

Entertainment Journalist