A biopic on Hushpuppi is officially in the works. Mo Abudu of EbonyLife and Will Parker Production are teaming up to tell the story of Ramon Olorunwa Abbas .
NEWS MAIL NG reports that the Hollywood film company and EbonyLife will be making the film based on the report by Evan Ratliff, a Bloomberg journalist who covered Hushpuppi’s cyber crime case. The project will be set up at Universal Pictures.
Packer and James Lopez will produce through their Will Packer Productions, with Abudu using her own EbonyLife TV.
Speaking on the project, Abudu said: “EbonyLife is uniquely positioned to ensure the depth and authenticity of this film. This is why we needed to partner with a major Hollywood producer like Will Packer Productions.
“They are equally invested in telling stories that resonate with our audiences. We understand the environment of poverty and deprivation that breeds highly talented and fundamentally flawed characters like Hushpuppi.
“And WPP knows how to create stories with global appeal.”
On his part, Packer said: “Ten months ago, Mo pitched us a rich and entertaining concept steeped in Nigerian culture that can only be told with the help of her unique perspective.
“Together we knew Evan’s work was the definitive telling and the perfect anchor of this saga.”