Movies, Show Biz

‘Lara and the Beat’ to be adapted into television series

‘Lara and the Beat’, a 2018 movie released by Biola Alabi Media (BAM), will be adapted into a book and television series.

Biola Alabi, BAM chief executive officer, told TheCable Lifestyle on Wednesday that the movie tells a different kind of story.
“About the two female characters, Lara and Dara, we are creating another world around them so we are not just leaving them in the film; we are taking them out of the film, we are creating a television series around them,” she said.
“We are also creating a book series around them so it was important to use Lara and Dara world because we want to show their adventures, we want to show them empowering young girls, answering questions that a lot of times, parents aren’t able to answer.”

Alabi, who was recently ranked amongst Financial Times’ top 100 global female executives, said Seyi Shay and Somkele Iyamah-Idhalahma, who played major roles in the movie, will not feature in the TV series.
“You will see a younger version of them in books and TV series, even in educational formats so you might be using them for health campaigns. We’ve just written a book where Lara and Dara are in boarding school,” she said.
When asked about the budget of the movie, she said: “We don’t really get into the budget of our films because there are still a lot of things happening around the films so it’s going to take a year or two to actually get the full budget of the film because there are so many other things we are doing.

“We are still distributing the film; we are making edits to the film for different people. It’s a film that we wanted to invest in. We also had a number of partners that wanted to help us tell that story so this is a film that we made a substantial investment in. We are proud of the outcome of the film.”

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