The “Press Screening” of Kunle Afolayan’s latest movie, Phone Swap, held yesterday, March 1st, 2012 at the Ozone Cinema, Yaba . Various Media houses watched snippets of the movie and expressed their displeasure via grumblings over the abrupt halt of the entertaining movie, during a cliff hanger scene. Well, they’ll be there on the premiere day to watch the full length of the movie, slated for 17th March 2012 at the Expo Centre Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island , Lagos. Premieres will also take place in Abuja on 24th March at Silver bird Entertainment Centre, and 5th April at Silver bird Entertainment Centre, Accra Mall. The ground breaking event at the Expo centre will play host to 2,000 people… book your tickets in advance.
Producing the movie didn’t come without its challenges, especially in the areas of finance and cast. Sam loco Efe who had been penciled down to act as Mary’s father, died, the lead male cast was kicked out by the director, and Investors were slow in responding to his 29 paged business plan. Chika Okpala (Zebrudaya of the New Masquerade 80’s fame) came on the scene to replace the deceased actor, while Wale Ojo ( Meet the Adebanjos UK TV drama) became the new lead actor.
Based on financing from product placement, an endorsement deal with a cell phone company, with Badagry acting as the location for the village scene, shooting commenced. One can’t fail to mention the airplane set recreated by Pat Nebo in one of the scenes (talk about talents). Sponsors such as GLO, Honeywell, 7up, Pepsi aligned themselves with his dream, and in a matter of days Nigerians will be mesmerized by this flick which is being tipped to set a new box office record in the cinemas… hmmm…what do you think?