From starting his career in the Canadian teen drama television series Degrassi to becoming one of music's iconic figures, Drake is looking to go back to his TV roots as the Canadian superstar plans to shift his focus onto new projects with Netflix and Apple.
With a revival of cult British TV show Top Boy, co-produced by Drake, scheduled to production early next year for a 2019 debut, Drake's next biggest Hollywood push is a partnership with Steve Golin, who runs Anonymous Content (one of Hollywood's hottest production houses and home of Spotlight and Mr. Robot). The two, along with Apple are currently in the works for an untitled TV series, which according to Jimmy Iovine, Drake has been given the go-ahead to produce whatever he chooses.
The Hollywood Reporter recently caught up with Toronto's hitmaker on its latest issue and delved into his bold push to film and TV, as well as other topics. Here's a few takeaways that we learned from the conversation.
...on him and Future co-producing film and TV projects with more niche like A24's The Florida Project.
D: "That was one of my favorite things I'd seen in a long time, just because it taught me something about a world I would never think of and what it was like to live there. It was just very pure and very human."
...on the show he can't get enough of -- Netflix's Ozark.
D: "My taste in television or movies is always kind of similar to my approach to music, which is, I like when people really hit the nail on the head with real human emotions. So with Ozark, it's just the family dynamic. The arguments. The love. The struggles. I really relate to how accurate it is."
...on his passion for the original Top Boy series on YouTube and driving its resurrection.
D: "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.'"
...on how a successful rapper should evolve.
D: "Being a young black guy, I think there's definitely the chance to get typecast. But I also have been pretty adamant about showing range. I try to show it through different outlets, like Saturday Night Live, showing people that I can be funny. When I get back into acting, I want to do things that make people go, 'Wow, I didn't expect that.' Like, it's nice to hear you say, 'You know, I didn't expect you to like those things."
...on his obsession with Harry Potter and chasing a first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone that's finally on the market for $160K.
D: "Yeah, I read them all. (widely smiling) I should get it. My birthday's coming up. Maybe I'll buy it for myself as a treat."
...on Harvey Weinstein chasing Drake to star in and produce a film called The Heist, but Drake rebuffed long before the mogul faced dozens of sexual harassment claims.
Adel "Future" Nur: (Drake's manager and business partner) "I vetted him with five people and got bad feedback about working with him."
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