McQueen to direct Fela Kuti biopic
Filmmaker Steve Mcqueen has signed on to bring African musician and activist Fela Kuti's life to the big screen.
The Hunger director will adapt Michael Veal's book Fela: The Life & Times of an African Musical Icon with Biyi Bandele.
Interest in Fela Kuti, who died in 1997, has spiked this year (09) following the success of a musical about the Afrobeat superstar.
Kuti lived a controversial life; he had 27 wives and often paid a high price for speaking out against oppression in his native Nigeria - in one attack on his home, the musician's mother was killed. He responded by placing her coffin on the steps of the Nigerian leader's residence.
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