Wyclef Jean (Photo credit: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Netflix To Animate Wyclef Jean's Childhood Into Original Film

October 30, 2018

Netflix has given the green light to Haitian-native and Fugees rapper Wyclef Jean to produce an animated feature film inspired by his childhood, Deadline reports.

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Partnered up with Greg Silverman, Jean will co-produce the film through Silverman's production company, Stampede. For Silverman, "Haiti holds a special place in my heart, and Wyclef and Justin’s film will showcase this magical country in their unique and signature style." he tells Deadline. "We’ve been delighted to partner with them and Netflix on this astounding film."

Jean's story of growing up in Haiti and emigrating to America when he was just 9-years-old was pitched to Melissa Cobb, VP Kids and Family at Netflix. Instantly they were hooked. "Animation is a medium that travels the globe exceptionally well," Cobb said. "And we cannot wait to share Wyclef’s unique perspective and voice with family audiences around the world."

Written by Justin Marks, best known for penning the live version of The Jungle Book and writer of the upcoming sequel Top Gun: Maverick. Marks is a huge fan of Jean and of his home of Haiti. "I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Haiti and worked alongside its people several times over the years, and I’ve long wanted to tell a story about its vibrant and resilient culture." Marks tells Deadline. "If you’d have told Teenage Me that one day I’d get to work with Wyclef on a movie like this, I’d have never believed you."

Marks tweeted "For real, though. Dream project."