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Dealmaking: ‘Half a Yellow Sun’ Finally Gets a Break, Acquired in USA by Monterey Media

Last week, I read a very strong criticism on Y!Naija of Biyi Bandele’s ‘Half of a Yellow Sun.’ The article was titled, “That thing around its neck: Is ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ the biggest flop of 2013?”  Yesterday, I saw the good news that the movie has now seen distribution in the US market. Good look. See an excerpt of the latest story on the film below.

“EXCLUSIVE: Monterey Media has secured rights to Half Of A Yellow Sun, co-starring Golden Globes-nominated 12 Years a Slave thesp Chiwetel Ejiofor. Half of a Yellow Sun is based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and features Ejiofor as a revolutionary who falls in love with Olanna (Thandie Newton), one of two sisters whose stories unfold against the backdrop of the Nigerian-Biafran War. Anika Noni Rose also stars in the drama directed by Biyi Bandele. Half of a Yellow Sun is produced by Shareman Media and BFI in association with Metro International Entertainment and Kachifo Limited in association with Lip Sync Productions LLP and A Slate Films.

Metro International’s Natalie Brenner and monterey’s Scott Mansfield negotiated the deal. The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, will open theatrically in early Summer.  . .”

Deadline.com has the full story.

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