‘Dr Bello’ is set to make history as the first Nigerian movie to debut in the U.S. theatres. According to the Producer, Mr Tony Abulu, the movie will be released in the U.S from February 22.
According to Tony: “This is the second largest theatre chain in America with over 5000 screens and this portends great opportunity for Nigeria, because apart from “Dr Bello” other movies can come through this same agreement.
“The only catch is that they have to be very well produced and they have to be targeted to an American audience, not all the Nigerian movies can do it; there will be a select group of Nigerian movies that can come through that channel.
“But I think, as time goes on, we can begin to see the millions of dollars of foreign exchange revenue that we have been hoping for from a place like the U.S.”
He praised the performance of the Nigerian film industry in projecting the image of the country overseas, also saying that the quality of movies currently produced in the country are encouraging.
“The kind of movies we are making now are the quality of movies that I believe can have the capabilities to disclaim in the US theatres, but one of the prerequisite is that Americans would normally like to see one or two of their own actors in the movies.
“So we have very good film makers in Nigeria and I can account for at least about 25 of them that I think have the capacity and capability to make such films.”
The movie, ‘Dr Bello’, stars Isaiah Washington, Vivica Fox, Jimmy Jean-Luis and Nigerian superstars Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Okereke on its
The film will open at AMC theatres in New York, New Jersey Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Jacksonville, Columbus, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.