Amid copyright infringement allegations leveled against its producers, 1996 Nollywood classic movie, ‘Domitila’, will be returning to cinemas nationwide on April 7.
Famed Nollywood filmmaker, Zeb Ejiro, in a statement, said his production company, FilmOne Entertainment, and Kayode Kasum’s Film Trybe teamed up to produce the new movie titled Domitilla: The Reboot.
According to him, the movie is action-packed and suspense-filled with one event setting off a chain of other events.
“When we first made Domitilla, it was a story inspired by societal challenges that, over time, have proven to be not only akin to the ’90s but trans-generational.
“And so, in recognition of its relevance in these times, we have decided to make a reboot to the story, factoring recent socio-cultural advancements,” Ejiro added.
The reboot brings a fresh perspective to the story of Domitilla, a sex worker, and her journey through life after 27 years. The story revolves around four main female characters — Ekwutosi, Fisayo, Promise and Madam Vee — and the choices they make and the effects of their choices.
The film’s trailer offers a glimpse into the treacherous world of sex workers, where events can rapidly spiral out of control.
It casts Teniola Aladese, Uzoamaka Doris Aniunoh, Elvina Ibru, Chiwetalu Agu, Deyemi Okanlawon, Stan Nze, Ejiro Onojaife, Onyinye Odokoro, among others.
Actress Ann Njemanze, who played the titular character in 1996 had surprisingly sued Ejiro and two others for allegedly infringing on the ‘Domitila’ name which she claims she trade-marked in 2020. trademarked.
She is demanding a sum of fifty million naira, excluding litigation costs and her legal counsel’s fees.
Ejiro’s lawyers have, however, dismissed the claims and have instead counter-sued Njemanze for “wrongfully” trademarking the name of a character she was paid to act 26 years ago.