Popular British-Nigeria actor, John Boyega has secured a deal with the streaming giant, Netflix to produce a non-English language film, which focuses on West and East Africa.
John who recently starred in Star Wars heralded that the project would be executed via his production company, UpperRoom Production.
According to Netflix, the project which entails the storyline, cast, character, literary properties, crew, mythology, screenplays, and/or other elements involved would be within African countries.
In a statement released by Boyega, he said “I am excited to partner with Netflix to produce 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 thrilled to nurture this arm of our business with an organization that shares our vision.”
Speaking on the deal, the VP of international film at Netflix, David Kosse said, “Africa is endowed with rich history in storytelling, and for Netflix, this deal with John and UpperRoom symbolizes an opportunity to further our investment in the continent while bringing unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the globe.”
Meanwhile, for the past few years, Netflix has been using all mediums to penetrate and claim dominance on the continent which hosts over one billion people.
Since the beginning of this year, they have commissioned some local productions in Nigeria, Zambia and South Africa, as well as launching an African presence on Twitter.
Late last month, South Africa hosted a high delegation to launch its first African original series, Queen Sono. Prior to the launching, Netflix team visited Nigeria’s business capital to announce their first Nigerian series.
Since launching, John’s UpperRoom production company has accomplished a host of projects across the continent. In 2016, his brand boarded the South African thriller, “God is Good” as its executive producer.