British Nigerian actor David Oyelowo’s production company Yoruba Saxon has signed a new two-year first-look deal with Walt Disney Studios.
The production company Yoruba Saxon co-owned with his actress wife, Jessica Oyelowo is focused on creating values-based content with an aim to shift the culture and colour outside the lines.
Yoruba Saxon has been behind a number of different films, including “Five Nights In Maine”, “Come Away”, “Captive”, “Nightingale”, and “A United Kingdom”.
“We are excited to be working with David and Jessica Oyelowo, who bring incredible thoughtfulness, an impressive and wide-ranging skillset as filmmakers, and deep industry relationships to each project they touch. We saw first hand David’s meaningful contributions to Queen of Katwe and have admired the films Yoruba Saxon have produced thus far. We look forward to collaborating on engaging new stories with the team at Yoruba Saxon,” said Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production.
Speaking on the deal, Oyelowo said: “The influence of Disney’s films on Jess and I as both parents and lifelong movie fans cannot be overstated. Sean Bailey and Vanessa Morrison have an incredible track record of crafting high-quality films, and that is exactly what we hope to do alongside them and the Motion Picture Group at Disney. We are truly relishing the opportunity to collaborate with the most iconic brand in entertainment.”