The 2020 reboot of the 1995 movie, Rattlesnake has been licensed to stream on Netflix. The Play Network Studios’ remake joins the increasing list of Nollywood content on the global streaming platform.
Celebrating the occasion, executive producer, Charles Okpaleke, took to Instagram to express his delight in the development. “Movie making has made the list of “my few favorite things”. I wouldn’t stop giving Nigerians the quality of movies they deserve. The good thing about this industry is the ability it gives creatives to export their talents, and businesses their brands to the universe,” he wrote.
He continued: “Nigeria is blessed with amazing actors, writers, producers, directors, DOPs and so on. Even with the challenges we face in pre-production, principal photography and post production we still find ways to make it work. Shout out to my Rattlesnake team!! I can’t wait for Nigerians in diaspora and the international community as a whole to see this master piece on @naijaonnetflix.”
Rattle Snake was theatrically released in November 2020, and reportedly grossed N70 million in box office despite COVID-19 restrictions around the country.
Directed by veteran actor, now fast rising Nollywood director, Ramsey Nouah, this remake brings twists to the original classic by Amaka Igwe that follows the story of Ahanna, a young man who turns to crime after his uncle and mother were betrayed. He sets up a gang of multi-talented criminals called The Armadas. It features an ensemble cast that includes Stan Nze, Bucci Franklin, Osas Ighodaro, Tobi Bakre, Odera Adimorah, Emeka Nwagbaraocha, Brutus Richards as well as Nollywood veterans Chinyere Wilfred, Chiwetelu Agu, Ejike Asiegbu, Nobert Young, Gloria Young and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
Although there’s no confirmed date yet for the premiere, Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story would be only the second Play Networks Studios’ project to stream on Netflix following the debut of Living in Bondage: Breaking Free, also directed by Ramsey Nouah. Those who missed it at the cinemas will be particularly thrilled by this announcement.