Netflix partners with Boyega’s prodco
March 10, 2020
By Nik Roseveare
John Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions, an independent production company founded by the Star Wars actor, have created a partnership with Netflix to develop non-English language films.
Boyega’s production company will develop movie projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries, with a focus on West and East Africa.
“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, the independent TV & film production company founded by British-Nigerian Boyega in 2016, was set up to facilitate his debut producing role on the hit film Pacific: Uprising, which he co-produced and starred in with Legendary Entertainment and was distributed via Universal. Since then, the team at UpperRoom have been developing a slate of projects, across 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,” commented Boyega.