Americanah is a 2013 novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and has achieved such worldwide success and acclaim that an Americanah movie will no doubt have people expecting something truly special.
After the book came out in 2013, it won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. It has also won the Chicago Tribune 2013 Heartland Prize for Fiction and enjoys the status of being one of The New York Times’s Ten Best Books of the Year, an NPR “Great Reads” Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick.
An Americanah movie will have the tough task of capturing the powerful, tender story of race and identity that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie dished out as she painted the picture of young love torn apart by migration and the constant search for greener pastures.
The Americanah movie is already on course to be produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B (12 Years a Slave), with Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo set to star in it. A young Nigerian filmmaker is, however, looking to join the team that will get to make the story for screen. Plan B is still looking to attach a writer and director to the project and those are the roles that this young filmmaker is hoping to fill.
Uche Agu, the young filmmaker in question, is a doctor turned director and to help his chances of working on the project, he released an impressive concept trailer for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.
Check out the concept trailer for the Americanah movie above.