George Helmer Directs Fela Kuti Biopic

Andrew Dosunmu (“Mother of George”) is set to direct the musician biopic “Fela Kuti” for Focus Features.

Separate from the Broadway musical about Fela, the film has been developed with Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”) attached to star. A deal with Ejiofor hasn’t yet been locked down though.

Fela was famous for his Afrobeat musical style and political activism – namely speaking out against Nigerian government oppression. He also had 27 wives.

Focus’ rights package includes Fela’s music, while Lydia Pilcher and Leigh Blake will produce.

Source: THR