Today was a huge day and empowering day for African American film. As Netflix expanses it’s content development, it was announced today that the streaming platform has inked a multi-year first-look picture deal with award-winning actress/director Regina King.
Deadline broke the news Wednesday (May 1), the deal includes the 48-year-old “Jerry Maguire” actress’ Royal Ties Productions. Under the pact that produce films and series for the streaming giant to review first. A first-look deal is consideration that covers a specified period of time, a pre-emption right, right of first refusal, or right of first offer (also called a right of first negotiation) to another party, who then is given the first opportunity to buy outright, co-own, invest in, license, etc., something that is newly coming into existence or on the market for the first time or after an absence, such as intellectual property.
Began acting as a child, Regina King best known for her roles in many cult classics such as Boyz N The Hood, Friday, Poetic Justice, and Ray. Along with winning an Oscar (“Best Supporting Actress”) for If Beale Street Could Talk, King also won an Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Limited Series for the Netflix series Seven Seconds.
Seven Seconds was the previous collaboration between Netflix and Regina King. While cancelled after debut season, the series was quickly recognized as critically-acclaimed. Netflix is very happy and eager to work with King for years to come.
“Regina King is a multi-faceted talent both behind and in front of the camera. She’s been a trailblazer for years, with boundless creativity and impeccable taste in projects, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she will bring her formidable talents to Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer.
“I am beyond thrilled to join the Netflix family,” King says. “They are at the top of their game and as an artist I am so excited to come play in this wonderful sandbox they have created for storytellers.”
In related news, King is set to star in the upcoming HBO gritty-superhero series based on the DC Comics, Watchmen.