Nigeria’s very own film and TV producer Mo Abudu is partnering with Will Packer, American Producer to document the life of Nigeria’s international big boy and alleged fraudster currently facing multiple charges bordering on money laundering and fraud, Hushpuppi.
Will Packer and Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife have acquired the rights to Evan Ratliff’s Bloomberg article about the Fall Of Billionaire Gucci Master Ramon Abbas to produce the movie. Mo Abudu had pitched the story idea to Will Packer and James Lopez, the president at Will Packer Productions and the duo bought the idea.Announcing the production on her Instagram page, Mo Abudu wrote, “Hello beautiful people ❤️❤️❤️ I HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS TO SHARE WITH YOU!!! EbonyLife Studios is partnering with Will Packer Productions to develop an untitled project based on the Bloomberg article “The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master” by Evan Ratliff. When the Hushpuppi story made headlines last year, I pitched the story idea to @willpowerpacker and James Lopez. They bought the idea and as headlined in this press release, together we won the rights to the Bloomberg article by Evan Ratliff mentioned above. The rights were won after a highly contested derby by several producers and is now set up at Universal Pictures.”
“The globetrotting action thriller project is said to be a hybrid of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and USUAL SUSPECTS. It’s a dream come true to be working with WIll Packer Productions and Universal Pictures on this project 😊😊😊 Just as a refresher, Will Packer Productions and Universal Pictures need no introductions. WPP has released a number of blockbusters that include …… ‘‘Girls Trip”, “Think Like a Man Too”, “Ride Along”, “Think Like a Man”, “Takers”, “Obsessed”, “Breaking In” and “Stomp the Yard” and Universal Pictures with over a 100 years in the business of movie making in Hollywood, have produced some of the biggest titles in the world. I cannot contain my excitement 💃💃💃“, she added.
Speaking on why the movie, Mo Abudu noted that there are many lessons to be learnt from good and bad stories, and if Nigeria does not tell this story, someone else will. Mo Abudu stated that to ensure that this story is told with authenticity, a Nigerian storyteller with her pedigree needs to be involved. She added that too often, these types of characters are one-dimensional and feed into the worst stereotypes.
“Firstly, there are many lessons to be learnt from good and bad stories. Secondly if we do not tell this story, someone else will and to ensure that this story is told with authenticity, a Nigerian storyteller with our pedigree needs to be involved. Too often, these types of characters are one-dimensional and feed into the worst stereotypes. Hushpuppi’s story is based on a real person whose story is already partly known to the world but the film gives us a real chance to tell a cautionary tale about a character formed by his environment and life choices”, she wrote.
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