HBO Scraps Chimamanda’s ‘Americanah’ TV Adaptation With Lupita Nyong’o Due to Scheduling Conflict

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The limited TV series is based on ‘Americanah‘, the award-winning book of Nigerian renowned author Chimamanda Adichie.

‘Americanah’, the planned limited series starring Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and from showrunner actress Danai Gurira, is no longer moving forward at HBO Max.

The 10-episode series is no longer in the works following scheduling issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic for Nyong’o, according to reports from Variety.

HBO had initially sought to shoot ‘Americanah’, the screen adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie‘s award-winning book.

Production for the HBO Max series was originally billed to kick off earlier this year but the unannounced date was pushed back due to the pandemic. Co-showrunner, Lupita Nyong’O then reportedly dropped out as it conflicted with other scheduled projects.

The Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised 37-year-old was supposed to play Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman, who moves to the United States for college and discovers ‘for the first time with what it means to be Black.’

Lupita was supposed to play Ifemelu in HBO’s Americanah.

Lupita was already ramping up her preparation for the series prior to its cancelation, with the actress revealing she’ll be learning Pidgin and Igbo during a dinner party with celebrities from the Nigerian entertainment industry back in February,

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