Determined to promote positive narratives about Nigeria and Nigerians, Producers of the new Nollywood action movie project Caged In The Creeks, Leke Akinrowo and Elvina Ibru, have expressed commitment to use the coming movie to change certain impressions held about Nigeria with the new work. Caged In The Creeks, anticipated as Nigeria’s first action flick will be directed by Terry McMahon, multiple award-winning Irish Movie Director of Patrick’s Day and Charlie Casanova.
McMahon renowned for hit movies like Batman Begin and Charlie Casanova among others is expected to bring his international artistic film production experience to Nollywood in this African action thriller.
Speaking to the media at a meet and greet session in Lagos recently, Terry said he is excited to be part of the movie that would help Nollywood to rewrite Nigeria‘s story. “Well, it is about perception. But I think it is a history that I want to be part of the Nollywood history. And my coming into Nigeria is to bring the Western character into Nollywood. I have got to bring in quality into Caged in the Creeks, to meet the industry’s expectations. We are about to create a revolution in Africa’s movie industry with this project in ways never achieved before in this part of the world”, Terry McMahon said
The writer and producer, Akinrowo, said the movie captures his working life experience in the Niger Delta, after he was transferred in 2009 to Port Harcourt.
“There have been misconceptions about Niger Delta. When I got to Portharcourt I met people like me who were living their lives despite the horror stories we heard in Lagos. More importantly, I’ve had this vision of doing something really ambitious in Nollywood. Maybe not in terms of money but something that has real depth, which is one of the major problems our stories tend to have.”
For Elvina Ibru, co-producer of the movie, Nigeria has been shown to the world always in the negative light and there is no better time to change the narratives.
“We did this to ourselves and we want to undo it with this movie. We are going to portray ourselves as true heroes and that is what is different about this movie. Several characters will confront their worst fears and right the wrongs of their actions. Their dilemma will serve as a lesson on how as a country we can break away from the errors of the past,” she said.
In the meantime, the production team has commenced recce on key locations for the movies in key parts of Nigeria and outside the country. The producers have said they are already talking to noted Nigerian actors for action movie.
L-R: Elvina Ibru, Co-Producer; Terry McMahon, the multiple award-winning Irish Film Director and Leke Akinrowo, Writer/Producer, Caged In The Creeks, during the pre-production press briefing for the coming epic movie in Lagos recently.
Written and produced by Leke Akinrowo, Caged in the Creeks Is a story about international terrorists and local militants coming together to threaten the well being and fate of the country, and how the main character, who happens a former united states marine forms an alliance with a former Nigerian army captain and ECOMOG veteran to save their love ones entangled in the web of intrigues and save the country from a catastrophe plot being hatched by the international hoodlums.