Wanuri Kahiu’s Next Movie? A Hollywood Romcom!
Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu has been selected by Universal Pictures and Working Title Productions to direct a love story titled Covers.
Look!!! I’m making a movie!!! I’m so happy I’m crying! https://t.co/8GHrmYphdC
— Wanuri (@wanuri) November 19, 2018
Wanuri Kahiu shot into the limelight after her film Rafiki became the first Kenyan film to screen at Cannes earlier this year. The film was swiftly banned in Kenya by the ratings board KFCB due to its lesbian themes. She successfully sued the Kenya Film Classification Board, getting the ban to be lifted for seven days, allowing the film to be screened in Kenya so as to qualify it for the 2019 Best Foreign Film Oscar.
Wanuri, who is also the founder the Afrobubblegum Movement, joins a list of remarkable Kenyans who have recently made serious strides into Hollywood, including 2014 Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and filmmaker Judy Kibinge who in 2017 was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Casting and filming details haven’t been released yet, but be sure to come back for updates as the news comes out.