The long anticipated sequel of the 2018 EbonyLife Studios star studded film Chief Daddy now has an official premiere date. Shooting had wrapped up a long time ago and now fans can catch Chief Daddy 2: Going For Broke exclusively on Netflix from January 1, 2022.
However, while the first film was theatrically released and did impressive commercial numbers, it’s critical reception was rather polarsing, especially given that the film packed on super actors. Majority of viewers were let down by a lack of character development in the film, citing there was no need to involve so many stars if they were only going to be awarded 5 minutes screen time each.
Nonetheless, now that we’re sure that the sequel is arriving in little over a fortnight, here are 4 things we know about Chief Daddy 2: Going For Broke.
Production Wrapped up 6 Months Ago
Chief Daddy 2: Going For Broke wrapped up production in June 2021. Official plans for the sequel was announced in May 2020, with CEO of EbonyLife Mo Abudu confirming it will be going to Netflix.
Star Studded Ensemble Cast Returning
EbonyLife is keeping their financial success formula intact, and have once again opted to recruit significantly the same big names that acted in the prequel. Funke Akindele-Bello, Shaffy Bello, Kate Henshaw, Joke Silva, Rachael Oniga, Ini Edo, Patience Ozokwo, Nkem Owoh, Beverly Osu, Beverly Naya, Falz, Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman, and more all return to reprise their roles. Even more so, more actors like Broda Shaggi have joined the Chief Daddy band wagon.
Increased Screen Time for Most Returning Super Actors
Like the prequel, Chief Daddy 2: Going For Broke is directed by Nigerian filmmaker Niyi Akinmolayan who has described the latest instalment of the franchise as the most beautiful film he’s ever directed as at when production was wrapped up. However, Akinmolayan also gave away some fine details, insisting that some of the people he worked with on the first film took on way bigger roles on the second one. Perhaps this addresses the problem with the original film.
Netflix Generating More Money Than Theatres
Chief Daddy debuted in theatres across Nigeria and did impressive numbers, ranking as the 4th highest grossing Nollywood films of all time according to Wikipedia, only behind Funke Akindele’s Omo Ghetto and the two Wedding Party movies in that order. However, the change in the method of roll out is a strong indication that studios earn more from Netflix than theatres. Of course, with the giant investments in actor’s wages, comes big expectations in terms of earnings. And with the likes of Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys 2 going full Netflix and this one too, do not be surprised if we start seeing more distributors try to secure Netflix deals in preference to theatres.
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