MADIBA – A Six-Part TV Project, Based on Optioned Mandela Books, to Begin Production This Year

Seeking to produce the definitive television project on the life of Nelson Mandela, Out of Africa Entertainment, Blue Ice Films and Left Bank Pictures have begun development on “Madiba” (working title), a landmark six-part miniseries that spotlights the Nobel Peace Prize winner and first black president of South Africa. The production is currently in discussion with a short list of high-profile directors.

The miniseries, whose title, “Madiba,” reflects the tribal clan name by which Mandela has often been known, will take a broad view of the inner passions and outside forces that guided him: from his little-examined relationship with his mother and her impact on his character, to his engagement with political activism, to his imprisonment, his rise within the ANC and Nobel Peace Prize win, and his watershed election as president of South Africa. Producer Kweku Mandela said that “Madiba” will not be yet another project that paints his grandfather as “Mandela the saint,” but which, for the first time, seeks to truly unravel “Mandela the man” while crediting the many people who were essential in helping shape his journey and success.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin this year, shooting primarily on location in South Africa.