According to media reports, Netflix has signed on South African self-published author and social activist Jackie Phamotse to adapt her debut novel called Bare: The Blesser’s Games. The book is based on true-life stories of the phenomenon of blessers and slay queens, which has been trending over recent years.
Jackie Phamotse, who became known after her first novel, Bare: The Blesser’s Games, has since won numerous awards for her neck for storytelling. In 2018, the author walked away with the African Icon Literary Award in Lagos, Nigeria. Following the successful run of the first novel, Phamotse released a sequel in 2019 called Bare: The Cradle of the Hockey Club. This novel also won an award for adult fiction award at the 2020 SA Book Awards.
The news of the deal came through via the author’s Instagram post, where she shared her excitement for having to work with Netflix and screenwriter Sabelo Mgidi. In the post, Phamotse can be seen on the video holding the movie script. The video is accompanied by a caption in which Phamotse talks about how she is living her wildest dreams. She further says she could have never imagined that her name would be placed next to screenwriter Sabelo Mgidi’s name.
Phamotse then highlights the respect she carries for the writer as he has worked on all the South African Netflix hit content. The caption also says that the author cannot share information relating to casting and auditions as yet, as the film is still in its early stages.