The adaptation of HBO Max of the novel Americanah has fully hit the breaks, now that the coronavirus related delays have eventually led to a scheduling conflict for the series lead Lupita Nyong’o. It was ordered to series in the month of September of the year 2019, and it was originally set to start the filming earlier this year, with Nyongo’s Black Panther castmate/Walking Dead alum Danai Gurira penning the show running and pilot of 10-episode adaptation of the best seller of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
As per the official synopsis given for the project, it follows Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman, and her extraordinary experiences with heartache, love, adversity, and self-discovery as she travels to America. She is a young, beautiful, and self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who, in her teenage, falls in love with Obinze, her classmate.
As she is living in a country which is ruled by the military, they each depart for the west, with the lead, Ifemelu, heading for America, where, despite her success in academics, she is forced to grapple for the first time in her life with what it means to be a Black.
Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had initially hoped to join her, but with the post-9/11 United States of America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.
Americanah Won’t Be On HBO Max Now! What Happened To The Series? Reason Behind Not Moving Forward With The Series
The cast of the project also included Corey Hawkins, who was previously seen in 24: Legacy, Uzo Aduba, previously worked in Orange is The New Black, Tireni Oyenusi, and Zackary Momoh, who was previously seen in Seven Seconds. While Nyong’o also served as an executive producer of the show alongside Gurira.
According to some of the sources, the decision that HBO Max will not be moving forward with the series was taken when Oscar winner, Nyong’o dropped out because of a scheduling conflict.
Last year, the show had received a 10 episode straight to series order at the streamer. It had been cast and all ready to go when the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown all the productions in the month of March.
The delays caused by the shutdown, which was imposed due to the pandemic, have scrambled the schedules of A-list talent who are usually booked a year or so in advance with the little wiggling room.