Trevor Noah is developing a film about Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi, the 8-year-old Nigerian refugee who went from homelessness to internationally known chess champion. According to Deadline, The Daily Show host will produce the film under his Day Zero Productions imprint alongside business partner, Haroon Salem.
State Street Pictures and Mainstay Entertainment are also named as producers on the project, which was acquired by Paramount Studios.
Adewumi’s story went viral after he was profiled in the New York Times earlier this year. The third grader had only been playing chess for a year when he won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship in 2018. He learned to play chess from a teacher at school.
The plot of the film centers around the Adewumi family’s survival story of seeking asylum only to become homeless in New York, and the lengths that parents will go to for their children. After their story began spreading around social media, the family was able to secure permanent housing thanks to the more than $250,000 in donations that they received through GoFundMe.
The film’s script will be adapted from a trio of books on the family, which will be released through HarperCollins’ W Publishing imprint next spring.
It’s unclear when the film will be released.