British-Nigerian actor, John Boyega has had an impressive career as a performer, starring in sci-fi gems (Attack The Block, Star Wars The Force Awakens) and powerhouse dramas (Half of a Yellow Sun, Detroit).
Now, via his production company, Upperroom Entertainment Limited, he is looking to do the same as a producer, and thanks to the new deal he just signed with Netflix, he is certainly on the right track.
Upperroom will develop non-English language films focusing on west and east Africa, with the stories culled from “literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.”
Speaking about 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.”
This is another big step in Netflix’s plan to diversify its content. A few weeks ago, the streaming giant launched the @NetflixNaija Twitter account and announced their first Nigerian original series.