The giant streaming service Netflix has signed a multi-year deal with former Star Wars celebrity John Boyega. The actor’s UpperRoom Productions and Netflix will team up to focus eyes on Africa to bring out a major source of content. Netflix released its first African show, Queen Sono, only last month. Now, Netflix will sign a production deal with the John Boyega to make non-English movies featuring West and East Africa. As a result, two movies will feature from Nigeria, while one from Egypt.
John Boyega Teams Up With Netflix For Africa
This is something out ordinary for Netflix. Traditionally siding with renowned production houses, the company has taken a different step this time; choosing a partnership with a team that has talent and production capabilities. For John Boyega, this will be the first time his UpperRoom will be working on a movie since its debut in ‘Pacific: Uprising’ in 2016. The contract itself works best for Boyega due to his Nigerian heritage (West Africa). For East Africa, perhaps UpperRoom’s Vice President Yara Shaikh can be taken into consideration, belonging to Sudanese heritage. On the Netflix deal, the celebrity said:
“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. We are proud to grow this arm of our business with a company that shares our vision.”
Netflix Vice President International Films sounds excited about this deal with John Boyega as well. Talking about Africa, he told that because of the rich African history, there is an opportunity for further investment. At the same time, they will help bring unique African stories to international viewers.
Netflix has been signaling its intent to increase investment in Africa’s creative community for some time. There is one original script from Nigeria, an unknown title, and an African Originals coming. Blood & Water and Mama K’s Team 4 will be released on the streaming platform later this year.