Nelson Mandela mini-series in the works

Nelson Mandela.jpgA mini-series based on the life of Nelson Mandela is in the works, with producers including the former South African president's grandson, according to the BBC. Mr. Mandela and his family will give input and feedback on the script for the six-part series.

Mandela showed his typical good sense of humor when his grandson Kweku Mandela told him about the show. "How much am I getting paid?" his grandfather said. Two of Mandela's books will be used as source material: "Conversations With Myself" and "Nelson Mandela By Himself." Kweku Mandela said the series would not portray his grandfather as "Mandela the saint" but would "unravel Mandela the man."

There is no casting news as of yet, but the show will begin shooting in South Africa later this year. The working title is "Madiba," the tribal clan name which Mandela is known by in South Africa.

The mini-series will follow the life of the former leader, from his early relationship with his mother, to his engagement with politics, imprisonment and finally his election as president of South Africa. We're looking forward to this one.

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