Americans are not the only ones who enjoy adapted productions, as people in other countries have also connected with the excitement of such works. Films that have been revived in Hollywood from literary works by authors include, but are not limited to:
Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (JRR Tolkien), The Chronicles of Narnia (CSLewis), Black Hawk Down (Mark Bowden), The Pelican Brief (John Grisham), The Godfather (Mario Puzo), Sea Biscuit (Laura Hillenbrand), No Country for Old men (Cormac McCarthy), Jumper (Steven Gould), I Am Legend (Richard Matheson), Atonement (Ian McEwan) and, of course, Harry Potter (JK Rowling). Characters from Marvel and DC comics have also joined the adaptation bandwagon with movies like Spider Man, Iron Man, Dare Devil, Ghost Rider, X-Men, Superman, Incredible Hulk, Batman, Fantastic Four and 300, among others. others.
In Nigeria, the unprecedented scarcity of reading culture as a result of the economic crisis that affected the lives of Nigerians is responsible for the low patronage of literary works. People cannot afford to buy such books and with non-existent public libraries that would have acted as an alternative source, most grope in the dark unaware of activities in the literary world, except for a few notable works. past of important novelists. and some new to the public spotlight projected by the media.
Surprisingly, some literary works have been made into movies in Nigeria, such as:
“Owo Eje” (Kola Akinlade), “Basorun Gaa”/ “Magun” (Adebayo Falati), “Ko See Gbe” (Akinwunmi Isola), “Auren Jari” (Abba Bature), kwahon Masoyi (Adamu Mohammed), “Ki Yard Da Ni” (Bilkisu Funtua). I doubt most Nigerians have heard or read the books or seen the movies, at least not my generation, except “Magun” which Tunde Kelani produced but under the movie title “Thunderbolt”. Tunde Kelani is a filmmaker whose love of books fueled his interest in adapting the works of various authors for the screen.
Renowned playwrights, veterans in the literary world, have been looking for a symbiotic relationship between Authors / Playwrights and Filmmakers. One of them is Prof. Femi Osofisan who believes that great books like “Jaguar Nana” by Cyprian Ekwensi, with the continuation “The daughter of Jagua Nana”, “The Great Ponds” by Elechi Amadi, “Ake”, “Isara” and Wole Soyinka’s (Nobel Prize) “Season of Anomy” should be made into movies.
The Nation has been blessed with many great authors who have carved a niche for themselves in the literary world. Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe, The Joys of Motherhood (Buchi Emecheta), The Famished Road (Ben Okri), Ogboju ode niniu igbo irunmale (DO Fagunwa) written in Yoruba and translated into English by Prof. Wole Soyinka as “The Forest of a thousand demons” can be made into movies. However, this is not to disparage some good novelists whose works for one reason or another have not reached the literary spotlight.
Notable new generation authors such as Helen Oyeyemi (The Icarus Girl), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Half of a Yellow Sun), Uzodinma Iweala (Beast of No Nation), Kaine Agary (Yellow Yellow), Jude Dibia (Unbridled), Stella Ify Osammor . (The triumph of the water lily), by Sefi Atta (Everything good will come), by Nnedi Okoroafor Nbachu (Zara the seeker of the wind), by Ifeoma Okoye (Behind the clouds), by Isidore Emeka Uzoatu (Impossible vision), by Adaobi Tricia Nwabani (I Want It’s No Coincidence), works by Ikeogu Oke (Gun Salutes) and works by other up-and-coming/professional Nigerian authors can be adapted. However, the question of whether Nigerian producers would be willing to part with a good deal of money to obtain the rights to such materials is still begging for an answer.
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