John Boyega links with Netflix to produce African films


John Boyega, British-Nigerian actor and producer,  has announced his partnership with Streaming media giants, Netflix to produce more films focused on Africa and in African indigenous languages.

Few weeks after Netflix premiered its first African Original Queen Sono, the streaming giant has signed a deal with John Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions to develop films with a specific focus on non-English films from Nigeria, West and East Africa.

The deal marks the first set of productions from UpperRoom since Boyega founded the company in 2016 following his production role in Pacific: Uprising. He aims to focus on producing content that reflects his heritage as a Nigerian and East Africa.

According to TheHollywoodReporter, Netflix has lately been upping its investments in African Content. Netflix said on Tuesday that this new deal “will develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries”

John Boyega 'Pacific Rim Uprising' film premiere, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 21 Mar 2018
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On his part, John Boyega ‘Star Wars’ actor, who has produced several number  of films with UpperRoom Productions says “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”

Alongside Queen Sono, Netflix recently signaled its intent to increase investment in Africa’s creative community with the production of its first original scripted series from Nollywood, tagged ‘The Akin Omotoso Project’ as well as other African Originals.

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