The menace of Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria has transcended political talking points, becoming a cultural institution that has churned out movies, music and literature. From short films to documentary, popular terrorist sect Boko Haram and its activities are catalogued through creative mediums. Stolen Daughters: Kidnapped by Boko Haram is the HBO vehicle released this year and centres the traumatic incident of the kidnapped Chibok girls. Now, according to a recent report from Deadline, a Boko Haram-inspired movie titled Rise is in the works.
Rise is a Hollywood production, parading a crop of stars: Sasha Morfaw (Black Panther), Jimmy Jean-Louis (Claws, Heroes), Sure Bradshaw (Veep), Sydelle Noel (GLOW) and Peter Mensah (300). An indie film, Rise will be helmed by first-time feature director Maritte Go. Rise is a dramatic thriller, and the story follows an 18-year-old Nigerian princess (Morfaw) who allows herself to be kidnapped by Boko Haram in a harrowing attempt to save her younger sister, eventually going head to head against Boko Haram’s most dangerous and calculating leader (Jean-Louis). I can really envisage Jean-Louis fitting into the ruthless, diabolical character, as seen in past movies like The Bourne Identity and Tears of the Sun. The risk of Hollywood botching this project still stands. But the movie could translate into a resonating picture if properly executed. Don’t murder the accents, Hollywood.
No release date has been announced, but we will bring you updates on any development.