By Tomilola Coco Adeyemo
Steve Gukas and co have 93 problems and the late Stella Adedevoh’s family is definitely one of them.
Earlier this morning, while everyone was trying to get the whole weekend drama (aka Olamide/Don Jazzy, Davido/Baby Mama) behind them, a tweet went out that threatened to steal the shine from the weekend wahala.
Kwami Adadevoh was releasing a report on behalf of his family about the movie 93 days which centers around late Dr Adadevoh the woman who gave her life while battling the Ebola virus in 2014.
Now, while everyone is trying to understand why the Producers (who no doubt) put in great effort into this work allowed this to happen, we have compiled five reasons we think they goofed.
- The movie was “not endorsed” by the family – According to the statement released via Twitter, the movie 93 days was not endorsed by the family. Now, if we have learnt anything about Biopics (even in Hollywood) what we need to understand is that the family of the person whose story you’re telling would always come for you if they did not “endorse” your movie. It has happened too many times in the past; think Aaliyah and Nina Simone biopic.
- The script was shared with the family “only after it was completed” – While it is understandable that the executive producers would not share a script that is half-completed, it might have been a good idea to share synopsis, treatment and maybe even breakdowns with the family. That way, there is a sense of belonging and of telling the story of their late family member to the world.
- The family did not consent to the use of Stella Adadevoh’s name for commercial profit – See, let’s be frank, this story was not just told for commercial profit. I mean, that is what I and thousands of people who loved the late Dr Stella for her bravery would like to believe. Stella Adadevoh was a savior, a matyr, someone who laid her life for others. So this is at first a tribute and later, business. But, what the Director of this movie should have done is reach out to the family to allow her name and depiction in 93 days. Without that, they have the right to sue the hell out of the Executive Producers. I mean, imagine Straight Outta Compton without Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E’s widow’s consent.
- There are questions about the “integrity and authenticity” of the story – If this is to go by, then Stella Adadevoh was probably portrayed in ways the family did not accept. Now, whether they immediately asked for this to be changed or not is unknown at the moment but the fact that it remained unchanged is why the Producers of this movie have landed in hot soup on a Monday morning.
- Specific accounts in the script “are incorrect” – This would explain why the family believes it has a strong case because the woman in question was first a member of their family before the woman worthy of a biopic and anything considered “incorrect” or inadequate would cause the reaction we have now gotten.
We wait for word from the Producers’ camp.
Check out the statement issued by the family via Twitter about 93 Days below;