Drake wants to revive Channel 4 drama Top Boy
The self-anointed roadman wants to fund a third series of the gritty East London crime drama.
Drake’s love of all things grime rightly extends to Top Boy, the Channel 4 series that starred Kano and Ashley Walters, aka So Solid’s Asher D.
He loves it so much, in fact, that he offered to fund a third series of the show, as Walters revealed in an interview with Not For The Radio.
“Drake thought it was proper,” he said. “This was via text. I was speaking to Future [The Prince] mainly, Drake’s manager. We were going back and forth. And we were like, ‘Put a deal on the table’.
“Eventually they got in contact and asked, ‘What’s happening with series three?’ I told them Channel 4 had cancelled it. They said, ‘That’s sad, but we’re going to do something about it.’ Furthermore Drake was like, ‘You need to break America’. He wanted to help.”
But the production company that owns the rights, Cowboy Films, wanted more money for the deal.
“We were going into meetings. Top Boy is the sort of brand we knew would sell to Netflix, Amazon. The numbers speak for themselves. So we had that power and the production company still owned the rights. And Drake made an offer and they turned it down. I don’t know what is going on with it – but I heard they are talking about a Top Boy Chicago.”
A travesty, clearly: bring back Top Boy! And not in Chicago. Walters says it costs $1.5 million per episode, so dig deep.