The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Drake is teaming up with Netflix to revive one of his favourite shows, the British crime drama Top Boy that ended in 2013.
The original creative team of the series will be returning, with Ronan Bennett set to pen the script and executive produce under his Easter Partisan banner alongside Charles Steel and Alasdair Flind from Cowboy Films and Yann Demange. Drake will be serving as an executive producer alongside his business partner, Adel ‘Future’ Nur, with Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson under LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment banner.
The report states that the third season is to focus on Dushane returning from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. He teams up with Sully, his spiritual brother, partner and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets after his own form of exile, prison, comes to an end. Awaiting them both is Jamie, the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions leave no place for Dushane and Sully.
Ronan Bennett released a statement saying:
I am delighted to be reunited once more with the Top Boy team – our wonderful cast and my partners at Cowboy Films – and to have Drake and SpringHill as new collaborators. And I could not be prouder to be doing the show with Netflix.
The Vice President of Original Content for Netflix, Cindy Holland, added:
We couldn’t be more excited for Netflix members around the world and a new generation of fans to discover the authentic, raw and real world of Top Boy. Drake came to us several months ago with a passion to help bring this series back to life, and we’re thrilled to support the original creative team to do just that.
In THR‘s cover story, Drake talked about how he caught the series on YouTube and was struck by it presented London as simultaneously beautiful and vicious. He said:
And that human element drew me in. I started just looking them up. Like, who are these people? Are these actors I should know? Are they just famous over there? I remember I hit Future, and I was just like, ‘This show is incredible”.
The series originally ran for two seasons on Channel 4, ending in 2013, with Netflix picking up the global rights to stream the series. The third season of Top Boy is set to premiere sometime in 2019.