Words from: Sentwali Holder
Does anyone remember the Shaka King miniseries from his time? I make. He was a little ahead of his time. A semi-accurate depiction of the rise of Shaka King and the eventual confrontation with British colonial imperialism … Anyway, it looks like cable and broadcast powerhouse Showtime just announced a full series order for Shaka: king of the Zulu nation an upcoming drama series. But don’t expect this to look anything like its primetime television predecessor because this biographical series will be produced and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day). Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation is from CBS Studios, which has been doing quite a bit of premium production as of late, as well as Propagate and Fuqua Films. The series was created and written by Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika. The executive producers are Ben Silverman and Rodney Ferrell for Propagate.
The official description: rooted in real events, SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULU NATION tells the story of the head of the Zulu Empire, Shaka, and his unlikely rise to power, uniting multiple tribes across vast swathes of Africa in the early 19th century to transform his power into legend, on a par with the most seminal figures in history . In fierce battles that test the body and soul, in alliances that test the bonds of love and friendship, a complex sociological system develops that puts the human cost front and center, both for victims and for themselves. the vanquished, all in an effort to forge a semblance of identity, fulfillment, and ultimately survival.
“Olu and Tolu have written such a moving and emotional origin story of an African warrior hero and Antoine’s passion for this project, coupled with his formidable talent, promises an epic series like no other on television,” was a quote from Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.
“This project offers a gateway to our past that is so central to our global history and yet so often marginalized,” said EP and Director, Fuqua. “Through SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULU NATION, we hope to bring this saga to life, all the tears, sweat and blood, all the joy and sadness, all the intimacy and intensity and humanity. In short, we are going to shake the world with this one. “