According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has acquired the rights to Chiwetel Ejiofor’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
The Oscar nominee’s directorial debut is an adaptation of a memoir written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. It takes place in a village in Malawi, Africa.
The story follows a thirteen-year-old William, whose family lost all of the season’s crops during a drought and was left with nothing to eat or sell. William explored the science collection of his village library and found a solution. He learned how to build a windmill out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, which brought electricity to his home and pumped the water needed to farm the land.
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“William’s story represents, what has to be, the future in countries like Malawi: developing countries, overflowing with beauty and harboring enormous potential,” Director Ejiofor said. “A global story, such as this, requires a global platform and I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix on bringing William’s extraordinary tale of determination and inventiveness to audiences worldwide.”
The screenplay was also written by Ejiofor, and stars Aïssa Maiga, Lily Banda, Lemogang Tsipa, Philbert Falakeza, Joseph Marcell, Noma Dumezweni, and introduces newcomer Maxwell Samba as the lead.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will be released in 2019.
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