The Cameroonian game Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan is being turned into a Hollywood movie via Good Fear Film. Chris Bender and Jake Weiner (those who run the company) have picked up the rights to the game.
“This is an incredibly unique entry into the fantasy genre and we are as inspired by Madiba as we are in the world that he has created,” Bender and Weiner said Monday in a joint statement.
Founded by Madiba Olivier, who also is the founder of Cameroon-based Kiro’o games, the Cameroonian game was earlier this year released on Microsoft Windows via Steam. Aurion is based on African mythology. This Cameroonian game talks about the fallen heirs to the throne of a kingdom who are forced to embark on an epic journey. They traverse the surrounding countries, build alliances with the diverse neighboring kingdoms and harness power emanated by their ancestors as they seek to fulfill their destiny as leaders and to reclaim their realm as king and queen.
“My team and I are very excited to see our game become a movie in Hollywood. It is something we’ve dreamed about since the beginning,” said Olivier in a statement.
Being in a country with so many obstacles as young entrepreneur, and particularly in an industry which is underdeveloped, Olivier’s dream of working in the gaming industry was a very tough one for him. With traveling to the U.S. not an option due to a lack of funds, he learned to code and design games and, upon graduating from the University of Yaounde in 2009, set about building a video game company.
It was at this stage where he got selected by the U.S. State Department, to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, launched by President Barack Obama as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative.