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The celebrity comedy film, Head Gone, took about 10 years to produce, says the producer, Dare Fasasi (aka Baba Dee).
Fasasi, who is a popular hip hop musician, says the idea was inspired by ace comedian, Bright Okpocha, aka Basket Mouth.
“I got the premise from Basket Mouth but it originally belonged to Great Gadoki. I started developing the story and creating the characters. For 10 years, I was working on it,” he recalls.
Describing the film as “a comedy of errors,” Head Gone will premiere in Lagos on November 22. But the event is targeted at a “selected crowd” in the entertainment industry.
Afterwards, the film will open in cinemas screening across the country as from December 12. Musicians, film makers/producers, entertainment brand owners, film distributors, marketers and government officials, Fasasi says, are expected at the event. Regarding the importance of the film to the current season, Fasasi observes, “It is aimed at making people to laugh during the Christmas and New Year holidays. There is so much to learn from it. It shows the thin line between sanity and insanity.
“The assembly of artistes is very unusual. We have targeted top entertainers and premium brands. You cannot talk about Nigeria comedy without Ali Baba, Basong and Basket Mouth. They are the kings of the industry, and will feature them,” he said.
He noted that December 12 was chosen for the cinema show to enable the team prepare for the release.
Although Head Gone is by all means a Nigerian film, it is targeted at the international market. It was first showed in Berlin, Germany, on September 16. Fasasi says the event was attended by key German political figures, entertainers and representative of global organisation, including Amnesty International.
While Nigerians await the premiere of the movie in Lagos, the producer and his team are looking at taking the release to the United Kingdom next February. Fasasi says New York and a few other states of the United States will also get an opportunity to watch it on large screens before it will be on sale.
The film features A-list entertainers and comedians, such as Ali Baba, Zack Orji, Tuface Idibia, Soundsultan, Saka, Akpororo, Eniola Badmus, Asakioduwa, Basket Mouth and Fasasi himself. The soundtrack was produced by Soundsultan who also worked with Fasasi as co-producer.