Wyclef Jean continues to prove why he is one of the more innovative musicians in hip-hop by venturing off the beaten path of biopics to partner with Netflix and create an animated musical about his youth.
According to Deadline , Netflix has ordered the film from former Warner Bros. Pictures executive Greg Silverman’s Stampede Entertainment. The movie will be co-penned by Disney’s Jungle Book screenwriter Justin Marks and center around ‘Clef’s Haitian childhood and detail how a love for music and a story of immigration helped him overcome his circumstances.
“When Wyclef first came to us with the rich story idea for an animated film about his personal journey and the evolution of his music from when he was a young boy in Haiti to finding his voice in New York City—we were hooked,” Netflix VP of kids and family Melissa Cobb stated.
Netflix’s ability to see the film’s intentions was met with much enthusiasm by Jean, who alongside Silverman will serve as producer on the currently untitled project.
“I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination,” Jean said about the movie that will be overseen by Cobb’s division. “Now to see that imagination turn into reality with Netflix and my producing partners makes me want to tell the kids from the slums around the world to never stop dreaming.”