Did you know that some of Hollywood’s finest movies were adapted from novels? From Forrest Gump, The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption, Fight Club, and even Horror Movies like The Exorcist were all based on books. The well that is Hollywood may never run dry as long as novels exist.
In Nigeria, we have also brought some books to the screen such as Half of a Yellow Sun, Dazzling Mirage, Things Fall Apart as well as upcoming projects such as Americannah, Children of Blood and Bone, and The Lion and The Jewel. However, we still have untapped potential so here are 7 novels we’d like to see on the big screen.
Eghosa Imasuen’s ‘Fine Boys‘
We’ve seen many movies about Nigerian university students but a coming of age story about a young man and his friends in the 90s trying to escape influences of campus gangs and a military dictatorship while trying to have fun is one we’re yet to see. Also, I’d like to see the eye candy they’ll cast as the main characters.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s ‘I Do Not Come to You by Chance‘
Speaking of fresh stories we haven’t seen on the big screen, this novel tells the story of the popular 419 email scams from the perspective of a young unemployed graduate who turns to a kingpin for help. It would be nice to see how the brain of a 419 scammer works and how easy it is for people to be influenced by fraud as well as the consequences of their actions.
Chibundu Onuzo’s ‘The Spider King’s Daughter‘
Yes, we’ve seen the whole “rich girl falls in love with poor guy” plot done so many times but sometimes we’d like to sit back and enjoy a familiar story. Plus, there’s a twist here because the guy in this story is not a gateman or houseboy, as usual, he’s an ice-cream seller who makes a shocking discovery after falling for the girl.
Buchi Emeta‘s ‘The Joys of Motherhood‘
I am quite surprised that this feminist classic has not been turned into a movie yet. This critically acclaimed novel tells the story of a Nigerian woman’s struggle in a deeply patriarchal society against the backdrop of World War 2. While it’s not so appealing to see a woman suffer so much onscreen, this is a story that needs to be told in as many media as possible, with film being one of them.
Lola Shoneyin‘s ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives‘
Are you even an avid reader if you haven’t read this hilarious tale of multiple women in a polyamorous marriage set in Modern-day Nigeria. Although this book had been performed in theaters, we would still love to see it on the big screen and have a good laugh.
Oyinkan Braithwaite‘s ‘My Sister the Serial Killer‘
There is a lot we haven’t seen on Nollywood screens and a story about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a habit of killing her boyfriends might be controversial but you can’t call it unoriginal. Be honest, if you walked into the cinema and saw a Nigerian film titled “My Sister The Serial Killer” was showing, wouldn’t you be the least bit curious?
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s Purple Hibiscus
The novel that introduced us to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. If at this point, you know nothing of this coming of age story about Kambili who tries to find her way and fall in love amidst religious hypocrisy, conflict, strife, domestic violence, and colonialism, you’re missing out. We would love to see the cast for this movie especially Kambili, Father Amadi, and Eugene.
Which other books would you like to see adapted into movies?