‘Anikulapo’ May Continue, Kunle Afolayan Hints The Urge From Netflix

by Oluwamuyiwa Oyedele

Nigeria Movie Director and producer of popular streaming film ‘Anikulapo’ Kunle Afolayan recently has revealed that Netflix, is urging him to produce a series from his latest successful movie, Anikulapo.

Afolayan stated that he initially wanted to make the movie a series, but Netflix told him to make a movie first, and if it became a success, a series would be developed.

He made this known in an interview with Guardian UK published.

The filmmaker said, “I’ve been working on Aníkúlápó for six years. Originally, I wanted to make a series, but I shopped it and kept telling people that this movie would be bigger than Game of Thrones.

“Eventually, Netflix told me to make a movie first since I believed in the project that much, and if it became a success, we’d develop a series.”

‘Anikulapo’, set in the 17th century ancient Oyo kingdom, premiered on Netflix last month, September 30, 2022.

A week after its premiere, the movie became the most-watched non-English film on Netflix, with a cumulative 8.7m streaming hours.

“Right now, Netflix is the one urging me to start making the series. I knew we made a great film and that it’d start conversations, but I didn’t know it’d do as well as it has done,” Afolayan said.

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