Friday, 5 July 2019

Netflix acquires Kunle Afolayan’s movie “Mokalik”

America streaming giant, Netflix, has acquired award-winning director and producer Kunle Afolayan’s acclaimed movie ‘Mokalik.’

Afolayan disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday on the sideline of the French-Nigerian Cinema Days holding from July 2-3 at the Alliance Francaise, Ikoyi, Lagos.

“I wish to inform you that Netflix has acquired “Mokalik” and some other of my films,” he said.



However, Afolayan did not disclose the value paid for the acquisition, but added that the company has not announced when the films will be released on the platform.

The acquisition represents Netflix’s ongoing aggressive interest for Africa motion picture sector in recent times where there is still relatively untapped source of talents and contents.

The company had reportedly signaled that it planned to get serious about ordering/acquiring original series and films from the African continent, created by Africans.

At the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2018), the streamer acquired Nigerian drama “Lionheart,” the directorial debut of Nollywood veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji.

It was also picked as a Netflix Original movie and was released worldwide on January 4, 2019.

NAN reports that ‘Mokalik’ features singer Simisola Ogunleye, a.k.a Simi, in her debut acting role, BBNaija ex-housemate, Tobi Bakre, Charles Okocha, Femi Adebayo, Ayo Adesanya, Faithia Williams, Lateef Oladimeji, among other actors.

‘Mokalik’, written by Tunde Babalola and directed by Kunle Afolayan, is set in an automobile repair workshop (mechanic village).

The plot follows the story of an 11-year-old boy, Jaiye, from the middle-class suburbs, who decides to find his path in life as an apprentice at a mechanic workshop.




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