EbonyLife and BBC Studios Strike Partnership to Develop Six-part Thriller

Mo says Reclaim will be EbonyLife’s first big-budget, global series, and will debut under EBonyLife Productions UK.

According to multiple reports, BBC Drama Studio Productions has reached an agreement with Mo abudu’s EBonyLife Media to develop a six-part heist thriller titled ‘Reclaim.’

According to Deadline, Reclaim is written by BAFTA Breakthrough Brit Rowan Athale (The Rise) and is based on an original idea by Mo Abudu, Heidi Uys and Bode Asiyanbi. EbonyLife has described it as its “first big-budget, global series.”

The six-episode action/adventure thriller will combine themes of colonialism, race and cultural ownership as it follows a team of art thieves looking to return artworks stolen by the British Empire 125 years ago from the Kingdom of Benin, back to its rightful home in Nigeria, implying that the movie will be shot partly in the UK and Nigeria.

Confirming the deal negotiated by American talent and sports agency, CAA, Abudu took to her Instagram to share her excitement.

“RECLAIM is our first big-budget, global series, set partly in the UK. It is a dream come true for two reasons – first, it is a partnership with BBC Studios; second, the project will debut under EbonyLife Productions UK.”

“We set up EbonyLife in London because our global strategy includes expansion to the UK. As Nigerians and Africans, we should see ourselves as world citizens and our storytelling, locations and networks should extend to every corner of the globe. I  am delighted with this opportunity to extend our reach into the UK with a great story and a formidable partner.”

You can read more on the plot on Deadline.

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