Barack and Michelle Obama are teaming up with the Russo Brothers to produce a feature film titled Exit West.
The upcoming film is an adaptation of writer Mohsin Hamid’s bestselling novel and will star Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler).
As reported by multiple sources, the US former president and his wife will join forces with the Russo Brothers (who made the best-selling movie of all-time, Avengers: Endgame) as producers for a Netflix screen adaptation of the book.
Exit West will be directed by Yann Demange, with a script from Jessica Goldberg (who also wrote another Netflix film for the Russos titled Cherry).
Below is Collider’s description of Hamid’s novel:
Exit West tackles the global refugee crisis and takes place in an unidentified country in the Middle East, where young Saeed and burqa-wearing Nadia flee their home after Saeed’s mother is killed by a stray bullet stemming from violent clashes between guerrillas and the local government. The couple joins other migrants traveling to safer havens via carefully guarded doors. Through one door, they wind up in a crowded camp on the Greek Island of Mykonos. Through another, they secure a private room in an abandoned London mansion populated mostly by displaced Nigerians. A third door takes them to California’s Marin County. In each location, their relationship is tested by their struggle to find food, adequate shelter and a sense of belonging among emigrant communities. The allegorical tale shows the contrast between the migrants’ tenuous daily reality and that of the privileged native population who’d prefer that they disappear.
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