Television host and comedian, Trevor Noah, is developing a film about Tanitoluwa ‘Tani’ Adewumi, the eight-year-old Nigerian chess prodigy that we earlier reported.
The family’s story was picked up by HarperCollins Publishing and the movie, acquired by Paramount, is centered around the series of books HarperCollins will be publishing in 2020. Trevor Noah and his partner Haroon Saleem (The Pursuit of Happyness)are producing the film under their Day Zero Productions along with George Tillman Jr. and Bob Teitel’s State Street Pictures (The Hate U Give).
Trevor Noah, who hosts the award-winning The Daily Show, would produce the film under his Day Zero Productions imprint, alongside business partner, Haroon Salem.
State Street Pictures and Mainstay Entertainment were also named as producers on the project.
Adewumi had only been playing chess for a year when he won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship in 2018.
He learned to play chess from a teacher at school.
The plot of the film centred on the Adewumi family’s survival story of seeking asylum only to become homeless in New York, and the lengths that parents would go to for their children.
After their story began spreading around social media, the family was able to secure permanent housing thanks to the more than 250,000 dollars in donations that they received through GoFundMe.
The film’s script would be adapted from a trio of books on the family, which would be released through HarperCollins’ W Publishing imprint in 2020.
we are so excited for our chess prodigy.