British-Nigerian actor John Adedayo Bamidele Adegboyega’ s company, UpperRoom, recently signed a deal with Netflix to develop non-English African language films for a global market. Boyega’s company will shoot film projects based on stories, cast, crew, literary properties, African mythologies, scripts or other components around African countries, with a clear focus on West and East Africa.
This collaboration further develops Netflix’s commitment to invest in African content creators and tell stories made in Africa, told by Africans, and watched by the world.
“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, Vice President of International Film at Netflix.
UpperRoom was established by Boyega in 2016. It was set up to enable his premier producing role on the hit film Pacific. He co-produced the film and starred in with Legendary Entertainment and was distributed via Universal. Consequently, the team at UpperRoom have been creating various projects, in film and TV.
“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 John about the deal with Netflix.
Netflix recently expressed its interest to grow its investment in Africa’s creative community with the production of African films and series.
John Boyega is popular for playing ‘Finn’ in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker. He rose to fame in the United Kingdom for his role as Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block. Boyega’s other credits include the historical drama film Detroit, science fiction Pacific: Uprising and the drama Imperial Dreams. Boyega won the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2016, the Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in 2021 among other prestigious awards.