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Wednesday, May 17, 2023 

Universal teams with African publisher to make TV shows based on their creations

The Hollywood Reporter's announced Universal's going to adapt the products of Nigeria-based Comic Republic:
Universal Studio Group’s UCP is delving deeper into the comic book universe.

The studio has partnered with Nigeria-based Comic Republic to develop a slate of TV series based on characters from its popular Vanguards Universe.

Comic Republic was founded in 2013 by Jide Martin and is an online multimedia company that focuses on the digital creation and distribution of original African comic books. The Vanguards Universe revolves around what happens when members of the first race — humanity’s self-proclaimed gods — reunite to punish the people of Lagos for the sins of the Guardian. Those who have decided to be heroes and protectors are forced to become humankind’s first line of defense, to serve and to protect, to be Vanguards. The deal gives UCP access to more than 14 characters that are core to the Vanguards world, including Aje, Eru, Metalla and Sango.
The only real problem I see with this is that the publisher once worked with Facebook on a questionable project that sounded more like an attempt at running a leftist propaganda campaign. Beyond that, it's great Comic Republic's developing these local creations. But, I think it's a mistake to adapt them to Hollywood media, because they're bound to be watered down in all the wrong ways. Plus, if these are live action programs in development, then again, it takes away from the impact animation can have. There's only so much literature that's better remaining on the printed page, and shouldn't be adapted by Hollywood, that's for sure.

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