Late last week we learned that two of Nigeria’s creative powerhouses, YouNeek Studios, popular for their iconic comic book characters EXO and Windmaker which gained lots of media coverage globally and Anthill Studios, the minds behind the current Nollywood box office monster “The Wedding Party 2” were teaming up to work on a teaser trailer for YouNeek’s flagship title ‘Malika: Warrior Queen Part 2’ graphic novel.
We’re working with @youneekstudios on a very short 3D animated teaser for the Malika Warrior Queen Part Two book launch in March! Check out some very early mood boards below. To get exclusive updates on this and more from YouNeek Studios, sign up here: http://youneekstudios.com/subscribe-more/ Stay tuned 🙂 Art by Godwin Akpan
While this news may seem trivial to many, for us and many Nigerian comic book fans, its been something of a dream to see two big names from Naija comics and Nollywood come together to create something even if it’s a teaser.
Why is this a big deal? Well, for one anyone who follows Farabale, you know we’ve always wondered when Nollywood would realize that there’s a treasure trove of source material in indigenous comics, something similar to how Hollywood (actually Marvel) figured out how much potential (and cash!) existed in the comic book genre.
And while it may be a long shot, we can’t help but wonder if the conversation to create a full length Nollywood movie based on a comic character may have come up while Niyi Akinmolayan and Roye Okupe met sometime in January?
Roye Okupe of YouNeek Studios has years of experience in comic character, story development and world-building, coupled with actual titles with a growing international fanbase. Niyi Akinmolyan (CEO of Anthill Studios) is not one to shy away from a good challenge and he has a decent balance of industry clout, geekish fanaticism and deliberate pragmatism to make such a project come to fruition.
Combined, both guys could create a comic-based Nollywood ecosystem much like how Kevin Feige captained the MCU into becoming a multibillion dollar franchise.
Are we getting too carried away? Maybe. Maybe not. One can only dream at this point.
Anyways, what do you guys think of Genevieve Nnaji as Malika The Warrior Queen?