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Obamas And Russo Bros Team Up For Mohsin Hamid’s Bestseller Exit West

Former US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama team up with Russo bros for a Netflix production, based on Mohsin Hamid’s 2017 Bestseller Exit West.

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Back in 2017 Avengers endgame directors Russo bros officially collaborated with the Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid to adapt his 2017′ bestseller Exit West for the silver screen, later that year Barack Obama while sharing the list of his favourite books the former president included Exit West in the list.

Reportedly, many close sources to the production have claimed that the biggies are in talks to produce the feature film for Netflix. However, there are no official announcement has been made about the same. Some reports further claim that British Pakistani actor Riz Ahmed has been hired for a role, while BAFTA award-winning director Yann Demange is being eyed by the makers to helm the project.

Exit West follows the story of young Saeed and Nadia, living in an unnamed city amid a civil war who flee using a system of magical doors that lead to different locations around the globe and issues that are faced by global refugees and the crisis that has shaken the region.

Riz and Mohsin had previously collaborated on 2012 political thriller drama The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The film was an adaptation of Hamid’s book of the same name. 

Obama’s recent Netflix documentary American Factory, went on to win Oscar award this year for best doc feature category. On the other hand, Riz who most recently featured in Mowgli Mogul a drama he co-wrote, won a FIPRESCI prize at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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