The studio has acquired a pitch for Sadé from writers Ola Shokunbi and Lindsey Reed Palmer. Nigerian-American Dope director Rick Famuyiwa, has signed on to produce the film. Disney’s Ugandan-American Executive VP of Production Tendo Nagenda and Zoe Kent its Manager of Creative Affairs will oversee the project, though a director is yet to be named.
Here’s a brief synopsis of Sadé via Deadline :
It centers on a young African girl named Sadé who, when her kingdom is threatened by a mysterious evil force, accepts her newly discovered magical warrior powers to protect herself and her people. With the help of the kingdom’s prince, Sadé embarks on an adventure that will allow her to embrace what makes her special and save the kingdom.
Disney saw massive success with the release of Black Panther earlier this year, so it’s no surprise that they’re making it a priority to create more content centered on African characters. Sadé will be the first time that a Disney princess fairytale will have an African female lead.
In 2009 Disney released “The Princess and the Frog,” its first-ever animated film starring a black princess.
No word on when the film will begin production, but folks already seem pretty excited about it on social media.
Another black Disney princess? Yes, yes and triple yes!! bonus points if they get Sade to write songs for the movie https://t.co/iohe2uNUdA
— Mistah Giant (@SuperTall_Gamer) July 27, 2018
LETS GO DISNEY ???????? https://t.co/UZ6tBJDot1
— BitterSweet Ecstacy (@Sade_gone_krazy) July 28, 2018