Popular film director cum producer, Lancelot Imasuen is on the path to make history again.
Imasuen who turned 40 years last June, has concluded plans to commence the shooting of an epic movie based on the 1897 invasion of the Benin kingdom by the British expedition.
The highly respected director said, the film, “Nogbaisi Ovonramwen’, will be used to champion the cause of drawing global attention to the injustice meted to the ancient people of Benin many centuries ago.
Imasuen recently paid a courtesy visit to His Royal Highness, the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopolo. The purpose of the visit was to intimate the royal father of his intention to embark on the project as well as to brief him in respect of the completion of work on his another historical epic titled ‘Adesuwa.”
According to him, the Benin monarch has not only welcomed the idea, he has equally asked for the script of the film to be sent to him for venting before the commencement of production.
Imasuen said, “we have been able to dig into history and I want to use the production as a major channel to advocate the repatriation of the artefacts stolen from the Benin kingdom by the British expedition.”
The movie, according Imasuen will tell the story of the last Oba of the ancient Benin Kingdom, Nogbaisi Ovonramwen.
As one Nollywood director who is known for celebrating and showcasing the history and culture of his people in his work, Imasuen said he has a strong desire to use Nogbaisi Ovonramewn”as a film project to re-echo the injustice the western world meted to his people many centuries ago.
Shooting of the film, which is expected to gulp a whopping $2million will commence in January 2012. He revealed that attempts are being made to enlist the services of top Hollywood actor, Danny Glover(Lethal weapon, Predators) for the movie.
The director has said that this movie will be his most expensive movie to date. He confidently predicted that when completed, “Nogbaisi Ovonramwen” will eclipse his achievements with Ädesuwa”which is due to hit the cinemas soon. The project is being backed by sentor Daisy Danjuma