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Idris Elba Is Getting Behind the Camera Again to Direct TV Drama, ‘King for a Term’

Idris Elba Is Getting Behind the Camera Again to Direct TV Drama, 'King for a Term'

Idris Elba, an actor with a director’s itch he’s been scratching, returns behind the camera again, to direct a SKY Arts’ “Playhouse Presents” TV drama titled “King for a Term,” which is apparently currently shooting.

To wit, via the below tweet:


And thanks to reader (and actor) Hoji Fortuna, who shared the info with me, here’s a description of the project: “A low budget, one-off drama for SKY “Playhouse.” The story follows 9 year old boy, Akuna, and his experience starting at a school for disabled children. It is a heart warming and truthful story.”

This will be the second time Elba has directed a film for SKY “Playhouse.” You might recall that, in 2013, he made his TV directorial debut with a SKY “Playhouse” film titled “The Pavement Psychologist,” which Mr Elba also wrote the screenplay for!

Chronicling the intriguing relationship between an affable businesswoman and a charismatic homeless man, Nonso Anozie starred in the film, which would eventually be broadcast in the UK, but, as far as my research tells me, it’s never been made available in the USA (if someone has a link, please share). 

As for “King for a Term,” I don’t have any casting information, nor an ETA.

Playhouse Presents is a series of self-contained TV dramas, made by British broadcaster Sky Arts. The series started airing in 2012, on SKY Arts 1.

Idris Elba has long expressed his desire to direct. We first learned about this in mid-2010, when he mentioned he was working with the BBC, on a feature film project that was already being developed for him to helm, some time in following year (2011), which would’ve been his directorial debut. He didn’t share much at the time, other than to say that the BBC-commission film centered on a young girl – nothing more. And nothing more on that project since then. Although he’s directed others, including a pair of music videos.

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