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Nigeria’s Vortex signs pact with Emagine

The Zodiac

Nigerian creative content and entertainment company Vortex Corp has signed a production deal with Los Angeles-based production outfit Emagine Content.

Under the deal, Emagine Content will adapt Vortex’s catalogue of African superhero comics for film and TV.

Vortex’s titles are rooted in traditional African culture, mythology and spiritual heritage. They include Land of Gods, the fantasy story about a student who journeys into a mysterious land, and The Zodiac, about the Dogon tribe of Mali who discover the sacred scroll of Timbuktu which gifts children mystical powers.

Other African titles include Black Hole, following a curious 12-year-old who accidentally launches himself into space with his dad, and Local Champions, the story of goofy fun-loving heroes who go about their daily routines and wacky adventures.

Announcing the Emagine deal on Instagram, the Lagos-based firm said: “We are excited to be developing some of our comic titles for TV in partnership with Emagine Content. It’s really inspiring taking these pages and panels from the comic into moving pictures.”

The Vortex agreement comes soon after Emagine signed a pact last June with Nigeria’s Comic Republic, Africa’s largest publisher of independent comic books, and US-based JackieBoy Entertainment to turn Comic Republic title Ireti into a feature film.

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Comic Republic agrees adaptation deal

Ireti follows a female comic-book hero who fights for justice

Nigeria-based publisher of African comic books Comic Republic has signed a deal with US-based production companies namely Emagine Content and Jackie Boy Entertainment to adapt its literary works for TV.

Comics published by Comic Republic include Ireti, Aje and Vanguards. The characters and stories are rooted in Africa and its people, locales and mythology.

According to Comic Republic, the first project to emerge from the Emagine-Jackie Boy pact will be a feature film adaptation of Ireti.

The titular character is one of the first wave of kick-ass female comic-book heroes, who fights to bring justice to the streets of Nigeria, while Aje follows a hurting female superhero, betrayed by her boyfriend, who cheated on her with a friend. Vanguards focuses on an Avengers-style team of superheroes, while the company’s flagship character is caped superhero Guardian Prime.

“We are thrilled to finally announce one of the many projects we’ve been working on behind the scenes. We’ve signed a production deal with Emagine Content and Maryland-based Jackie Boy Entertainment to bring Ireti to the big screen. Yep! Ireti is getting a movie!” the publisher announced on Instagram.

Ben Phelps, CEO of Emagine Content, added: “This deal is a major push towards diversity on the silver screen for black superheroes.”

The move comes after the huge box office success for Hollywood superhero movie Black Panther in 2018. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film grossed over US$1.3bn worldwide, won awards and broke box office records.

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