I actually sat and watched all 25 previous James Bond movies (yes, counting Sean Connery’s Never Say Never Again) during the first month of “lockdown” in April of 2020. So when I give my usual “this list will not be your list” disclaimer, I should also note that this list won’t necessarily be the list I […]
‘Star Wars’ Actor John Boyega Partners With Netflix to Produce West and East African Movies.
Star Wars actor John Boyega has signed a deal with Netflix to develop film projects focused on West and East Africa. His production company, UpperRoom Productions, will make non-English language films with the streaming service.
The company said on Tuesday that the indie production house founded by the British-Nigerian actor “will develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.”
The announcement is the latest sign that the streaming giant is upping its stake in original African content. Two weeks ago, chief content officer Ted Sarandos and other high-level executives arrived in Lagos to announce details of their first Nigerian series before traveling to Johannesburg to launch the streamer’s first African original, “Queen Sono,” a six-part drama, which dropped worldwide on Feb. 28.
Two other African originals, the South African teen drama “Blood & Water” and the animated series “Mama K’s Team 4,” will premiere later this year.
The British star, 27, best known for his role as stormtrooper Finn, said he was “thrilled” to develop “feature films focused on African stories”.