The release of ‘Ratnik’, Nollywood’s science fiction movie, has been postponed amid the coronavirus crisis in Nigeria.
The movie, which snagged the ‘Best Art Director’ and Best ‘Costume Design’ at the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice awards (AMVCA), was earlier scheduled for release on April 10.
Blue Pictures Entertainment, however, took to its social media page to announce that it will be stopping the movie’s release until the pandemic is addressed.
“Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we have decided to put a halt to the release of “Ratnik” until there is a positive turnaround with the situation of things. In the meantime, ensure you observe all preventive measures and stay safe,” it wrote on Instagram.
The movie is written, directed and produced by Dimeji Ajibola, a Nigerian filmmaker. It features several movie stars including Adunni Ade, Osas Ighodaro and Bolanle Ninalowo.
Others include Karibi Fubara, Zikky Alloy, Meg Otanwa, Tope Tedela, Paul Utomi.
‘Ratnik’ tells the story of Sarah Bello, a World War III soldier, who returns home from the war-front to meet an unpleasant scenario.
Her only sister has abused a certain chemical substance and the race to save her life begins a new kind of war where the most advanced war machine known to man is unveiled.
The movie further stretches the list of activities either cancelled or postponed indefinitely as the pandemic continues to ravage countries across the globe.
Lifestyle had earlier reported how the release of ‘Namaste Wahala,’ first movie collaboration between Bollywood and Nollywood, was also delayed by six months over the killer virus.
In the same vein, the release date of ‘No Time to Die’, a James Bond movie, was also postponed due to the pandemic.