Play Network acquires rights to Karishika

By Content Nigeria reporter
March 10, 2023


Charles Okpaleke, the multi-award-winning Nigerian filmmaker and founder of Play Network, has acquired IP rights to Nollywood classic Karishika.

Charles Okpaleke

The 1996 Nigerian horror film, directed by Christian Onu, tells the story of a girl who was sent by Lucifer into the world to kill, destroy and tempt people in order to increase the population in hell.

Okpaleke took to Instagram to say: “Karishika is back… I’m putting together a team of horror filmmakers… with relevant skills that I can work with. I acquired the IP rights to Karishika and I wish to work with creatives specialised in horror films.”

Details about Okpaleke’s plans for Karishika are yet to be announced, but the expectation is that a remake or spin-off is on the cards.

Reboots are a key part of Play Network’s content strategy after Okpaleke acquired the IP rights to 1992 Nollywood hit Living in Bondage to produce a sequel in 2015. In 2020, Okpaleke also remade 1995 thriller Rattlesnake as Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story.