News 10 March 2020

John Boyega Inks Major Deal With Netflix To Develop African Movies

10 March 2020

Having already made major waves on-screen in films such as Attack The Block, Pacific Rim and the big Star Wars franchise, south London’s John Boyega has been making moves behind the scenes, inking a massive deal with Netflix.

The deal will see the streaming platform develop films, alongside Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions, “with a focus on West and East Africa”.

Speaking on the deal, Boyega 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.”

As well as developing screenplays centred around West and East African culture, the deal between UpperRoom and Netflix will also include projects with cast, crew, literary properties and mythology influenced and inspired by the regions in the continent.

The VP of International Film at Netflix – David Kosse – also commented on the deal, saying: “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.”

UpperRoom Productions has previously co-produced films such as Pacific Rim: Uprising, in which John Boyega starred in alongside Scott Eastwood and Cailee Spaeny.