EXCLUSIVE: Amy Aniobi (Insecure, 2 Dope Queens) and her production company SuperSpecial, have acquired the rights to the upcoming novel The Nigerwife by author Vanessa Walters to develop into a drama series under her overall deal at HBO. Both Aniobi and Walters will executive produce; Aanch Khaneja will co-executive produce on behalf of SuperSpecial.
The novel is scheduled for release in June 2023 from Atria/Simon & Schuster.
The Nigerwife tells the story of Nicole Oruwari, who has the perfect life: a handsome husband, a palatial house in the heart of glittering Lagos, Nigeria, and a glamorous, highly-exclusive group of friends. A UK ex-pat with two young children, Nicole left everything behind to become a “Nigerwife” – the foreign bride of a Nigerian man – trading gloomy London, along with her overreaching family, for sunny, moneyed Lagos.
But when Nicole disappears without a trace from a boat in the affluent Ikoyi harbor, the cracks in her so-called perfect life start to show. When Nicole projects an image of effortless wealth and happiness, a very different picture soon begins to emerge – one of depression, isolation, and even violence. Who was the real Nicole? And where did she go?
Aniobi most recently served as a writer, executive producer, and director on HBO’s Insecure, and directed an episode of Rap Sh!t, HBO Max’s comedy series from Issa Rae. She also directed the award-winning short film, Honeymoon, which explores a modern-day Nigerian couple’s awkward first day of marriage.
Previously, Aniobi was a showrunner for 2 Dope Queens, and a writer on Silicon Valley, both for HBO.
She currently has two studio features in development and is under an overall deal at HBO/HBO Max, where she recently sold Enjoy Your Meal, a pitch based on the food media scandals during the Summer of 2020.
She is represented by United Talent Agency, Range Media Partners, and Johnson, Shapiro, Slewett & Kole.
Walters is represented by Verve, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang, and Inkwell Management.
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