Date: 14th July 2020
Apple has struck a first-look deal with Idris Elba that will see the actor and his Green Door Pictures produce series and streaming features for Apple TV+.
Elba is an actor, producer, director, and musician. He is known for his starring roles in films like “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” “Beasts of No Nation,” and multiple films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the character Heimdall. He also starred in the critically-acclaimed BBC series “Luther,” which earned him a Golden Globe Award and multiple Emmy nominations, as well as HBO’s “The Wire.”
Elba founded Green Door Pictures in 2013 with the goal of developing new and established talent to champion inclusion, representation and diversity of thought and ideas. The company's credits include Netflix's Turn Up Charlie and Sky One's In the Long Run (which aired on Starz in the United States) and the upcoming feature Concrete Cowboys.
Elba is the latest high-profile star to sign a deal with Apple. Others include Oprah Winfrey, Alfonso Cuaron, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Justin Lin, Kerry Ehrin, Jason Katims, Lee Eisenberg, Monica Beletsky, Sharon Horgan, Alena Smith and Simon Kinberg.
It was also announced last week that Apple had signed an overall deal with the Maurice Sendak Foundation. Under that deal, the foundation will develop new projects based on Sendak’s books and illustrations.
Source: Press Release