- Hollywood star John Boyega has signed a development deal with Netflix to produce 3 African films
- Boyega's production company UpperRoom Productions will focus on non-English language films from West and East Africa
- Two of these films are to come from Nigeria and one from Egypt
- The projects will be based on Nollywood classics, screenplays and mythology
These are great times for the Nigerian film industry as one of the country's very own, John Boyega is set to contribute his efforts in putting Nigeria on the map.
The Hollywood star recently signed a development deal with American media-services provider and production company, Netflix, to produce three African films.
Boyega who owns a production company, UpperRoom Productions will focus on non-English language films from West and East Africa.
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According to Hollywood Reporter, two of these films will be from Nigeria and one from Egypt, with UpperRoom developing projects based on African IP such as literary properties, Nollywood classics, screenplays and mythology.
Boyega founded the production company in 2016 to facilitate his debut production role on Pacific: Uprising, in which he starred, and helps define its focus as a producer of content from West Africa, reflecting his Nigerian heritage, and East Africa, reflecting the Sudanese heritage of UpperRoom’s vice president productions, Yara Shaikh.
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"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," said Boyega.
"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, Netflix’s VP international film.
This comes as no surprise as Netflix has set its eyes on Africa as its next major source of content.
In similar news, Netflix in partnership with United Nations Women is set to launch a special collection titled “Because She Watched” curated by groundbreaking women in entertainment from around the world.
Adetiba is the only director from Nigeria with a fully Nigerian production who is honoured on this list alongside Genevieve Nnaji, whose Lionheart is also listed on the 50 projects being celebrated this International Women’s Day on Netflix.
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