FilmOne, Empire collaborates on inspiring film ‘Greenland’
FilmOne Distribution & Production in collaboration with Empire Management is set for their first original story, entitled, ‘Greenland’. This collaboration marks the first time FilmOne has taken an original story idea through scriptwriting process into production.
Greenland is a coming-of-age story, inspired by true life events. The narrative follows the journey of ‘Tunji’, a 21-year-old from the slums of Ogun State, as he attempts to change his fate.
Tunji has always dreamt of breaking free from his everyday reality -family woes, poverty and the death of his only sister, but his only escape is his passion for football. A series of impulsive decisions takes him on an unforgettable journey that ultimately shapes him and those around him.
According to Toyosi Oyetunji, a director at Empire Management, sports is sometimes used to perpetrate human trafficking, instead of encouraging young people to hone their talents and make a living from them. “As a production company focused on innovative concepts with a fresh approach, we could not think of a better partner for this project than FilmOne. FilmOne has proved that stories from Nigeria can inspire everyone and they understand the importance of world-class production values.”
Known for producing some of Nigeria’s most successful films, including The Wedding Party 1 and 2, My Wife & I, New Money and Moms At War, FilmOne will be producing its third feature this year and its first in collaboration with Empire Management.
This will be Empire’s first foray into cinema, after success in television, music videos and commercials.
Chief Executive Officer of Filmhouse Group Kene Okwuosa, and the Managing Director at FilmOne Distribution & Production, Moses Babatope, while expressing their excitement about the effect the film will have on young Nigerians, they said, “We decided to get involved in this project because of our passion to inspire the younger generation to believe in themselves and to believe that dreams come true for those who are determined to overcome the challenges along the way. Our aim in making Greenland is to inspire, educate and entertain the audience.
Award-winning director Kenneth Gyang, best known for Confusion Na Wa, The Lost Café and the upcoming Òlòtūré, is attached to the project and production is scheduled to commence in July 2019.
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