Michael Blackson. Image: Voyage Noire
Ghanaian-American comedian and actor, Michael Blackson has promised to bring in investors and some of his colleagues in Hollywood including Tyler Perry to invest in the Ghanaian film industry.
According to him, the industry needs funds and other things, including a movie studio to thrive; adding that he would like Ghana to be a place where filmmakers from all over the world can visit and shoot their projects.
Speaking in an interview with Doreen Avio of JoyNews, he said: “I met a few film curators who were here last week. We’ve talked about the need for a big movie studio here, so I’ll be reaching out to my big boys like Tyler Perry to see if he’d be interested in expanding something here.
To ensure that these investors and Hollywood bigwigs see the potential in the industry, Micheal Blackson said he would take the initiative by shooting his first film in the country.
According to him, this is one of the first steps he can take to elevate the Ghanaian film industry and also showcase Ghana to the world.
“I decided this summer to shoot a project here. It would be a comedy series, something I could sell to Netflix and Amazon.
“Ghana has so much beauty that I want the world to see. I want us to eventually be a place where people come to shoot a great movie,” said Micheal Blackson.
In the meantime, the actor has taken steps to find investors. In a post on Twitter, he called on Tyler Perry to help build the film studio in Ghana.
“Hey @tylerperry let’s half go to a film studio in Ghana, I’ll get the land and you build the studio,” he wrote.
In other tweets, he referred to Ghana as the Dubai of Africa and said it was beautiful and fun for everyone.