Wyclef Jean To Co-Produce Netflix’s Animated Musical On His Life

Contributed by Anaya Ray 

Netflix continues to make groundbreaking moves as they’ve given the green light to an animated musical movie on the life of Wyclef Jean.

Wyclef Jean, a founding member of the soulful R&B group Fugees, will have his life highlighted on the big screen.

According to Variety, Jean is set to work with upstart production company Stampede according to Variety, along with Justin Marks writing the script.

The Fugees member spoke out about the animated musical and how inspirtational it will be to kids everywhere.

“I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination,” he stated.

“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.”

The musical will depict Jean’s childhood growing up in Haiti struggling with poverty and transition to his move to the United States as a pre-teen where he found his passion for music.

Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix, Melissa Cobb, was ecstatic about the musical after hearing the pitch, as reported by XXL Magazine.

“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,” she said.

“Animation is a medium that travels the globe exceptionally well and we cannot wait to share Wyclef’s unique perspective and voice with family audiences around the world.”

Greg Silverman and Jean will be producers of the film along with Madeline Nelson and Nick Lewin as co-producers, and Lisa Zambri and Cara Fano as overseers for Stampede.

This new animated musical in the making comes after Jean was honored with the key to the city of Brooklyn and the release of his recent album “Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.”

 

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