Sometimes an artist’s relative quietness can be a precursor for a shift in their career. Such might be the case for Stormzy, who could soon be on our screens.
Aside from a handful of features, it’s been something of a quiet spell for grime chief Stormzy in recent years. But over the weekend, it was reported that he could soon make a move into films and television after he was approached by both Netflix and Amazon.
The streaming giants are reportedly competing for his signature, and for a deal over his venture with Penguin Random House, #Merky Books – an initiative first launched in July 2018, with the book Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far.
One source told The Sun they believe Netflix and Amazon are vying for Stormzy’s signature as “he’d be the perfect person to front a new black British series,” citing the success of shows like Top Boy.
“The streaming services want to have him on board, with the potential for a multi-series deal like the one Shonda Rhimes has with Netflix,” they added.
“That deal gave them Bridgerton, so there are high hopes for what Stormzy can do. #Merky Books now manages several titles so they are looking into those to see if there’s a film or series to be made out of one.”
Whilst fans of the 28-year-old, ‘Vossi Bop’ singer haven’t had huge amounts of new material recently (although, in truth, this says more about our on-demand mentality), Stormzy has still certainly been busy.
Not only did he recently receive his honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter last month, but he recently told a crowd in Cardiff that his third album will be out later this year. “This is the album of my dreams,” he described it as. “This album is deeper than man could ever imagine. I’m free.”
We’ll have to see whether he’s on our screens before the album drops – which we hope is sooner rather than later, but hopefully not this month, which will likely be dominated by Beyoncé’s RENAISSANCE. One huge album at a time, please.