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Stanley Kalu Appointed By 20th Century Studios To Pen and Helm Hollywood Movie “Feed”

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The American entertainment behemoth 20th Century Studios has chosen Nigerian screenwriter Stanley Kalu to adapt the ground-breaking novel Feed by Matthew Tobin Anderson into a Hollywood film.

Zachary Green will produce Kalu’s feature film debut, a dystopian love story that Kalu will direct.

The Hollywood on Friday reported that one of the most well-known YA novels from the previous two decades, Feed, is receiving the cinematic treatment.

Filmmaker Stanley Kalu, who recently received his degree from the University of Southern California, divides his time between Nigeria and Los Angeles, California.

His script, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson, was made into a low-budget drama that had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019 and opened the 2019 Austin Film Festival. It also won the Audience Award for best debut narrative feature at OutFest 2020. He first gained attention after winning The Launch: Million Dollar Screenplay Competition.

It was released in theaters and on PVOD in 2021, and it was nominated for an outstanding film — limited release GLAAD Media Award in 2022.

One Night in Compton, a sci-fi action movie that Kenya Barris just produced for Paramount Players, was written by Kalu.

One of Time magazine’s 100 Best YA Books of All Time is Anderson’s Feed, which Kalu is preparing to write and direct as a movie.

It takes place in a dystopian future version of America where consumers’ brains are directly connected to the internet. The tale revolves around the developing romance between Violet Durn, a smart girl who has made the decision to try to fight the feed, and Titus Gray, a regular youngster on a weekend trip to the moon.

The 2002 book addressed issues like data mining gone wild, American decline, and consumerism run amok. It was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award and won the 2003 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction.

The book was on the American Library Association’s annual list of the 100 most often challenged and banned books from 2010 to 2019 because some people believe it to be dangerous.

According to The Hollywood, “Feed will be directed and produced through Stanley Kalu and Green’s recently established Bantu Inc. banner. whose mission is to produce socially relevant films from diverse filmmakers in order to create significant social change through the medium of film and television.”

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