Disney Acquires Rights to 'Sadé,' a Live-Action Fairytale Film About an African Princess

Disney’s next project will feature an African princess for the very first time.

The company has acquired rights to Sadé, a live-action fairytale film about an African princess based on an original idea by Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer.

According to Deadline, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa (above) is attached to produce.

It centers on a young African girl named Sadé who, when her kingdom is threatened by a mysterious evil force, accepts her newly discovered magical warrior powers to protect herself and her people. With the help of the kingdom’s prince, Sadé embarks on an adventure that will allow her to embrace what makes her special and save the kingdom.

We have no doubt that after Disney saw the success of ‘Black Panther’ they couldn’t wait to get onboard with this project — especially considering it earned more than $1.3 billion and is Disney’s highest-grossing film after ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’

“Disney as a corporate entity has been at the forefront in recent years of the effort to center diversity and inclusion in their business operations,” said Darnell Hunt, Director of UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. “They understand where the market is and where the market is going, and they’re trying to produce original programming that reflect those values.”

We’re looking forward to hearing more details.

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