Joe Wright & Chiwetel Ejiofor Plan 'A Season in the Congo' Adaptation
After praising a stellar performance in the much buzzed about film 12 Years a Slave from Shame director Steve McQueen (which just won the Audience Award at TIFF 2013), we'll have an interview with Chiwetel Ejiofor very soon. But for now we have news on a new project that take his performance on stage to the big screen. Atonement and Anna Karenina director Joe Wright team for the stage production A Season in the Congo at The Young Vic theatre in the UK, and now The Guardian (via The Playlist) reveals that they will adapt the story into a film with Ejiofor reprising his lead role and Wright sitting in the director's chair.
The play follows the 1960 Congo rebellion and the assassination of the charismatic political leader Patrice Lumumba, following his rise as the Congo's first democratically elected leader. The stage production has been receiving rave reviews overseas, so plenty should anticipate a film adaptation, especially once they get a load of Ejiofor's performance in 12 Years a Slave. We're not sure who will write the screenplay, but the plan is for production to soot on location in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In addition, a short spin-off film based on the play is coming in November, so we'll be sure to post that. Wright and Ejiofor teaming on the big screen should yield great results.