American filmmaker, Will Packer alongside Nigerian entertainment mogul and owner of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu have acquired the rights to Bloomberg article about the fall of “Billionaire Gucci Master” Ramon Abbas (Hushpupi). The rights include plans to make an action thriller set up at Universal Studios.
According to several reports, Will Packer Productions and EbonyLife TV Studios are teaming up to develop an untitled project based on Evan Ratliff’s article on Bloomberg titled : The Fall of The Billionaire Gucci Master. The project has been described as a globetrotting action-thriller, a hybrid of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 crime thriller Catch Me If You Can and Bryan Singer’s 1995 classic The Usual Suspects.
CEO EbonyLife TV Mo Abudu confirmed the news on Instagram, saying that she first pitched the idea to Will when the news first broke and together they won the rights to the article after shaking off several challengers. She added that it’s a dream come true for her to be working with Will Packer Productions. WPP studios has helmed various black entertainment movies including Ice Cube and Kevin Hart’s Ride Along, Girls’ Trip, Think Like a Man Too, Stomp The Yard, and several others.
Hushpupi, before being convicted was a Nigerian internet fraudster, social media and fashion influencer renowned for his affinity for Gucci and other luxury brands. After coordinating several cycles of money laundering, he was arrested in Dubai for several financial crimes worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He plead guilty and has now been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in an international penitentiary.
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