British Actress Michaela Coel Turned Down $1 Million Netflix Deal to Keep Creative Control and Ownership of ‘I May Destroy You’

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“Michaela Coel, in a recent interview with Vulture, says that the BBC One show, I May Destroy You, had interest from streaming giant Netflix before it landed on BBC One. While in negotiations with Netflix, the streaming entity balked at her request for a percentage of the copyright so she turned down their offer for a $ 1 million deal, according to Popsugar.” –Black Enterprise

“Coel is the show’s creator, writer, director, and lead actress. I May Destroy Youoriginally titled January 22nd, is set in London, where gratification is only an app away. The story revolves around Arabella (Coel), a care-free, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a holiday fling-turned aspirational boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when she has a drink that is spiked with a date-rape drug, she starts to question and rebuild every element of her life.”


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