John Boyega seals Netflix deal to develop African films

  • The Star Wars actor disclosed that the project will be executed via his production company, UpperRoom Production.
  • This partnership comes as Netflix continues with its plan of building a library of African movies and shows while growing its subscriber base in the continent of over 1 billion people.
  • In 2016, UpperRoom boarded the South African thriller, God Is Good as its executive producer and is overseeing the film’s soundtrack.

British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega, has announced a partnership agreement with streaming giant, Netflix to develop a non-English language film focusing on West and East Africa.

This partnership comes as Netflix continues with its plan of building a library of African movies and shows while growing its subscriber base in the continent of over 1 billion people.

Speaking on the partnership agreement with the Star Wars actor, Netflix said that the production house “will develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.”

“Africa has a rich history in storytelling, and for Netflix, this partnership with John and UpperRoom presents an opportunity to further our investment in the continent while bringing unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the world,” said David Kosse, VP of international film at Netflix.

Netflix – UpperRoom Partnership

According to John Boyega, the partnership project will be executed via his production company, UpperRoom Production.

“I am thrilled to partner with Netflix to develop a slate of non-English language feature films focused on African stories, and my team and I are excited to develop original material,” commented Boyega.

“We are proud to grow this arm of our business with a company that shares our vision.”

Prior to that visit, the team visited Lagos, Nigeria to announce their first Nigerian series.

UpperRoom production has also executed a host of projects across the continent. In 2016, his brand boarded the South African thriller, God Is Good as its executive producer and is overseeing the film’s soundtrack.

According to Variety, the company has been developing a slate of projects across film and TV, including unscripted content, with the day-to-day operations overseen by Yara Shaikh, VP of productions.

Netflix Africa

Since the turn of the year, the streaming giant has commissioned some local productions in Zambia, South Africa, and Nigeria.

Late last month, a high delegation arrived in South Africa to launch its first African original, Queen Sono, a six-part drama.

The Streaming giant also announced its presence in Nigeria with the opening of its official Twitter account “Netflix Naija.” (Read story here).

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