Americans are not the only one who enjoy adapted productions as people in other Countries have also keyed in to the thrills of such works. Movies which have been re-lived in Hollywood from literary works of authors include but not limited to:

Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton), Lord of the Rings trilogy (JRRTolkien), Chronicles of Narnia (CSLewis), Black Hawk Down (Mark Bowden), The Pelican Brief (John Grisham), The Godfather (Mario Puzo), Sea Biscuit (Laura Hillenbrand), No Country for Old men (Cormac McCarthy), Jumper (Steven Gould), I Am Legend (Richard Matheson), Atonement (Ian McEwan), and of course Harry Potter (JK Rowling). Characters from Marvel and DC comic books have also joined the Adaptation band wagon with movies such as Spider Man, Iron Man, Dare Devil, Ghost Rider, X-Men, Superman, Incredible Hulk, Batman, Fantastic Four, and 300 amongst others.

In Nigeria, the unprecedented dearth of the reading culture consequent upon the economic crunch tide that flowed into the lives of Nigerians is responsible for the low patronage of literary works. People can't afford to buy such books and with the non-existent Public libraries which would have acted as an alternative source, most are groping in the dark unaware of the activities in the literary world, save for some past notable works of important novelists and a few new ones in the public spotlight projected by the media.

Surprisingly some literary works have been made into films in Nigeria such as:

"Owo Eje" (Kola Akinlade), "Basorun Gaa" / "Magun" (Adebayo Falati), "Ko See Gbe" (Akinwunmi Isola), "Auren Jari" (Abba Bature), kwahon Masoyi (Adamu Mohammed), "Ki Yarda Da Ni "(Bilkisu Funtua). I doubt if most Nigerians have even heard about / read the books or seen the films, at least not my generation except "Magun" which Tunde Kelani produced but under the movie title "Thunderbolt". Tunde kelani is one filmmaker whose love for books stimulated his interest to adapt the works of various authors for the screen.

Renowned Playwrights, veterans in the literary world, have been canvassing for a symbiotic relationship between Authors / Playwrights and Film makers. One of such is Prof. Femi Osofisan who believes that great books such as Cyprian Ekwensi's "Jaguar Nana", with the sequel "Jagua Nana's daughter", "The Great Ponds" by Elechi Amadi, "Ake", "Isara" and "Season of Anomy" by Wole Soyinka (Nobel laureate) should be made into films.

The Nation is blessed with many great authors who have carved niches for themselves in the literary world. Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe, The Joys of Motherhood (Buchi Emecheta), The Famished Road (Ben Okri), Ogboju ode niniu igbo irunmale (DO Fagunwa) written in Yoruba and translated into English by Prof. Wole Soyinka as "The Forest of a Thousand demons" can be made into movies. However, this not to undermine some good novelists whose works for one reason or the other have not come under the literary spotlight.

Notable new generation authors such as Helen Oyeyemi's (The Icarus Girl), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's (Half of a Yellow Sun), Uzodinma Iweala's (Beast of No Nation), Kaine Agary's (Yellow Yellow), Jude Dibia's (Unbridled), Stella Ify Osammor's (The Triumph of the Water Lily), Sefi Atta's (Everything good will come), Nnedi Okoroafor Nbachu's (Zara the wind seeker), Ifeoma Okoye's (Behind the Clouds), Isidore Emeka Uzoatu's (Vision Impossible), Adaobi Tricia Nwabani's (I do not come to you by chance), Ikeogu Oke's (salutes with guns) and works of other promising / professional Nigerian authors can be adapted. However, the question as to whether Nigerian producers would be willing to part with good cash to obtain the rights to such materials is still begging for an answer.

So long … auggiepo@yahoo.com

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