Showtime has placed a serial order for the hour-long drama Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation, Executive produced and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training day). The series, an epic drama that revolves around a man’s personal journey from stigmatized childhood to warrior king, is by writers Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika (The terminal list), Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens’ Propagate, Fuqua Films and CBS Studios, the studio behind Showtime’s biggest series, High Court.
Written by Odebunmi and Awosika, rooted in actual events, Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation tells the story of the Zulu leader Shaka and his improbable rise to power, who united several tribes across much of Africa in the early 19th century to turn his power into a legend on a par with the most important figures in history. In ferocious battles that test body and soul, in alliances that test the bonds of love and friendship, a complex sociological system plays out that is the human cost front and the center for both winners and depicting the vanquished in an effort to do so to create a semblance of identity, fulfillment and ultimately survival.
“Olu and Tolu have written such a thrilling and emotional genesis of an African warrior hero,” said Gary Levine, President of Entertainment for Showtime Networks, “and Antoine’s passion for the project, coupled with his impressive talent, promises an epic series that will stand out distinguishes others. ” everyone else on TV. “
Fuqua, Odebunmi and Awosika are co-producing with Silverman and Rodney Ferrell from Propagate, Gregory Lipstone, Rodney Ferrell and Spencer Medof. Scott Greenberg also produces and Michael Callas produces for Fuqua Films. The series is produced by CBS Studios, Propagate and Fuqua Films.
“This project provides a gateway to our past that is so important to our global history and yet so often marginalized,” said Fuqua. “By Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation, We hope to bring this saga to life, all the tears, the sweat and the blood, all the joy and sorrow, all the intimacy and intensity and humanity. In short, we’re going to rock the world with this one. “
This was a passion project for Fuqua that has been in the works for years.
“I want to make a film about an African king or an African warrior,” he said in a 2016 interview. “Did you know we have our own Alexander? I don’t remember seeing an epic film about Shaka Zulu. Yet. Or one about Hannibal. Yet.”
Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation, The outcome of Fuqua Films’ first deal with Propagate was established at Showtime in 2019.
In addition to Training day, Fuqua’s directorial credits with Denzel Washington include the Showtime documentary American Dream / American Knightmare, as well as The equalizer Franchise, The Magnificent Seven, South Paw, Sagittarius, Olympus has fallen and King Arthur.
This marks Silverman’s return to Showtime, where he was executive producer on his first company, Reveille The Tudors.