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Disney Begins Development of African Princess Fairytale Movie ‘Sade’



Disney is developing a brand new fairytale film, Sade which will center on an African princess.

According to Variety, the screenplay will focus on a young African girl named Sade whose kingdom becomes threatened by a mysterious evil force. She must accept her newly discovered magical powers to protect her people. She does this with the help of the kingdom’s prince.

The script for the film will be co-written by Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer who originally pitched the idea to Disney.

The studio also confirmed the producer and executive producer for Sade will be “Dope” Director, Rick Famuyiwa and Scott Falconer. However, a director is yet to be named.


  1. Somto

    July 28, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Bella! Which Director again are you naming. Shebi you already mentioned Rick Famuyiwa and Scott Falconer as Directors

    • Jide

      July 28, 2018 at 5:01 pm

      Rick Famuwiya and Scott Falconer are Directors regularly but on this project, they will be producing. No Director has been specified for this film.

  2. Tina

    July 28, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    Recycled old story. How many Disney movies do we have princesses battling evil forces? Abeg, they should come up with new concept.

    • Kofoworola

      July 29, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      It’s more than a story guys. I know about kids that would watch Cinderella and question their parents, why don’t I have long hair? Why is my skin darker than Cinderella’s. But now there is going to be an African Nigerian princess they will know you can be a princess and still be dark skinned with curly short hair.

  3. Marix

    July 28, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Funny how these people want to syphon money from us. Which one is Sade again? Pls we should widen up. This money is going back to their treasury be it Africa oriented or not. Let invent in our own. Their are just doing this because Wakanda was a success.

    • Comment

      July 28, 2018 at 6:01 pm

      Marix don’t be short sighted. Disney is a renowned franchise and it’s about time they gave Africa a platform because inclusion is very important in today’s world .

      Wether we like it or not, their stories are influential and little girls all over the world need to realize that Africans have and can be princesses too.

      You can walk and chew gum at the same time. Disney isn’t stopping anyone else from developing their own thing. You can still tell you story if you want Disney is going nowhere regardless.

    • Mamamia

      July 28, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      But this isn’t an African story but a Nigerian one if we are trying to create awareness about Africa, it is important we begin by clarifying the Africa as a country notion.

    • Dust

      July 29, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      @Comment you are the short sighted one here..

      like @tina said, its a recycled old story.. It is targeted at NIGERIANS to siphon money from us, and socially engineer the mentality of children.

      Africans have had Goddesses, Queens, Princesses, Women soldiers, Women leaders e.t.c before any other continent on earth…

    • Comment

      July 30, 2018 at 1:06 am

      Dust you make it seem like anyone is forcing you to watch these Disney movies. Typical African: complain, all mouth, all shade, all diss but zero action. What are you doing to change the narrative? Is Disney stopping you? Let those who want to be entertained by a Disney be entertained. They grew and developed a product whilst you are here complaining about it and doing nothing.

    • Dust

      July 30, 2018 at 8:29 am

      you make it seem like Disney does not have the capital to create hype and manipulate people into watching this Disney movies… No one has to force you they just have to manipulate you.

      If I had the capital to get the best Nigerian artists, Nigerian animators, Nigerian voice actors e.t.c and assemble together under one company and generate enough hype to tilt the market in my favor then I would definitely do that…

      If Disney was owned by an African or African American then I would have no issues with them because the money would come back into the African community in either African or America.

    • Aare

      July 28, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      I partly agree with you, on some level if we want to develop and grow our industries we have to buy and enjoy products from those industries. I think it is a good development but the best development will be if oyibos watch our movies, they will respect our ingenuity more.

    • Okurrrr

      July 29, 2018 at 6:36 am

      Why do we require validation from ‘oyinbos’?

    • Aare

      July 29, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      I will not go with validation as much but telling your own stories to the world and deservedly getting accolades for the quality involved. It is not just politics but business also. A ‘magazine’ recently wrote the most admired brands in Africa. In the top 20, there was only one African company, Now think about the inverse, the top 20 most admired brands in America and three African companies. We open up our culture, brands, products, ideas to the world to push back foreign dominance and also to make our mark. It can only happen if the world accept those brands/products as good or creative.

  4. tunmi

    July 31, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    At least narrow it down to a specific country.
    also can it be pronounced the Yoruba way or will be a bunch of bungled accents?

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