Kunle Afolayan has revealed that the popular movie streaming platform, Netflix, is urging him to produce a series from his latest successful movie, Anikulapo.
He stated that he initially wanted to make the movie a series, but Netflix told him to make a movie first, and if it became a success, a series would be developed.
Afolayan made this known in an interview with Guardian UK published on Friday.
The filmmaker said, “I’ve been working on Aníkúlápó for six years. Originally, I wanted to make a series, but I shopped it and kept telling people that this movie would be bigger than Game of Thrones.
“Eventually, Netflix told me to make a movie first since I believed in the project that much, and if it became a success, we’d develop a series.”
‘Anikulapo’, set in the 17th century ancient Oyo kingdom, premiered on Netflix on September 30, 2022.
A week after its premiere, the movie became the most-watched non-English film on Netflix, with a cumulative 8.7m streaming hours.
“Right now, Netflix is the one urging me to start making the series. I knew we made a great film and that it’d start conversations, but I didn’t know it’d do as well as it has done,” Afolayan said.