Idris Elba’s production company Green Door Pictures is teaming up with Tandem Productions and Save Ferris Entertainment to co-produce an hour-long drama series set in Africa titled Brazza, TVWise has learned.
“I am so proud to be working on this African set drama and to introduce a global audience to a world and culture that resonates so vibrantly with me”, Idris Elba said in a statement. “We at Green Door are thoroughly enjoying our journey with StudioCanal, Tandem and Save Ferris and are very excited for the future.”
Brazza is set in the capital city of the Congo, where one family’s bloody feud threatens the country’s uneasy truce. Guns and lives are cheap but some people are prepared to fight for what is right. Straddling Congo, Kinshasa and Paris, this gritty, fast-paced drama explores the vivid culture and dark underworld of Brazzaville, where people know ‘Peace Brings Life’, but not everybody is prepared to make the right choice between good and evil.
Paul Viragh is attached to pen the scripts for the series. He is an actor, writer and director whose first feature film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll starred Andy Serkis, Naomi Harris, and Olivia Williams and received seven award nominations, including two BAFTAs. His other work includes crime thriller Ashes starring Ray Winstone and Jim Sturgess, and The Face of an Angel directed by Michael Winterbottom.
The co-production agreement between Green Door, Tandem and Save Ferris by StudioCanal executive Rola Bauer. “Brazza will be a visceral series exploring one family’s feud across Africa and Europe”, she said. “Idris’ lens into this narrative is quite inspirational and as Africa awakens, marching boldly into the first world, we could not have asked for better partners in Idris and his team, as well as our cousins at SAVE FERRIS/Havas Productions. Paul Viragh’s talent to create compelling characters with strong emotional journeys will ground this story in the here and now.”
Together with executive producers Rola Bauer, Tim Halkin, Jean-Charles Felli and Christophe Tomas, Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation, Luther and the upcoming Dark Tower) will executive produce along with his development team at Green Door. StudioCanal will handle global sales for Brazza.