An 8-year old Nigerian living in a homeless center on religious asylum having been introduced to the game of chess within two years has championed the 2019 New York chess competition. Trevor Noah and others are set to produce a film built around the 8-year old Tani and his family.
The untitled project unfolds with a Nigerian family that escaped terrorism in the home country and got asylum in the U.S. and fortunately found a new welcoming home in New York. The story tells about love, peace, community and faith and also reveals the extent parents will reach in ensuring safety and a better standard of living.
Tani’s achievement made a lot of waves and the family’s story has become an inspiration to many people. Three books have been written about the family and set up at the HarperCollins imprint W Publishing. It is base on these that the film is set. The books will publish in Spring 2020.
Producers for the project include Day Zero Productions’ Trevor Noah and Haroon Saleem, State Street Pictures’ George Tillman Jr. and Bob Teitel and Norman Aladjem of Mainstay Entertainment.