Mo Abudu and Universal Pictures to produce a movie based on Hushpuppi
The adaptation rights for a film on Ramon Abass, also known as Ray Hushpuppi, have been given to Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife TV, Universal Pictures, and Will Packer Productions.
The production houses have decided to make a film about the international fraudster, based on a Bloomberg story titled “The Fall of the Billionaire Gucci Master.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has set up an untitled action thriller film project following the acquisition of the film’s adaptation rights.
The film will be based on a Bloomberg piece by Evan Ratiff on Hushpuppi’s internet scam and how he was apprehended by the international police.
Mo Abudu will produce for EbonyLife Studios after the project is finished, while Will Packer Productions will produce for Universal Pictures.
Will Packer Productions known for films such as Girls Trip and Night School said of the project;
“Ten months ago Mo pitched us a rich and entertaining concept steeped in Nigerian culture that can only be told with the help of her unique perspective. Together we knew Evan’s work was the definitive telling and the perfect anchor of this saga,”
“We understand the environment of poverty and deprivation that breeds highly talented and fundamentally flawed characters like Hushpuppi, and WPP knows how to create stories with global appeal,” Abudu added in her own statement.