EXCLUSIVE: Monterey Media has secured rights to Half Of A Yellow Sun, co-starring Golden Globes-nominated 12 Years a Slave thesp Chiwetel Ejiofor. Half of a Yellow Sun is based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and features Ejiofor as a revolutionary who falls in love with Olanna (Thandie Newton), one of two sisters whose stories unfold against the backdrop of the Nigerian-Biafran War. Anika Noni Rose also stars in the drama directed by Biyi Bandele. Half of a Yellow Sun is produced by Shareman Media and BFI in association with Metro International Entertainment and Kachifo Limited in association with Lip Sync Productions LLP and A Slate Films. Metro International’s Natalie Brenner and monterey’s Scott Mansfield negotiated the deal. The film, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, will open theatrically in early Summer.
Monterey has also acquired another TIFF debut, Cinemanovels, with an eye toward a summer theatrical release. Jennifer Beals and Lauren Lee Smith star in the drama about a woman (Smith) organizing a retrospective of her dead filmmaker dad’s work who finds herself taking on her estranged father’s persona in the process. Terry Miles directed the pic. The deal was negotiated by APA and Double Dutch International with monterey media’s Scott Mansfield.