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Netflix producing animated Wyclef Jean movie

The streaming giant is gearing up for production on a CG-animated musical inspired by the life of the "Killing Me Softly" crooner.
October 29, 2018

Global SVOD service Netflix is producing a new CG-animated feature film that reimagines the life story of Fugees singer Wyclef Jean.

The three-time Grammy-winning musician has hooked up with a new studio called Stampede to produce the musical, which will focus on how Jean grew up in extreme poverty in Haiti and then found his voice in New York City. The project’s script is being written by Justin Marks (The Jungle Book).

Jean’s album The Score, released in 1996, reached number-one on the Billboard chart and spawned three incredibly popular songs, including “Killing Me Softly”, which is now certified six-times platinum. Over the years, he has worked with Michael Jackson, Queen, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon and Destiny’s Child.

This is just the latest in a string of family-friendly movies that Netflix has recently put into the pipeline. The streamer just signed a deal with Guillermo del Toro for a new animated stop-motion musical take on Pinocchio, and it has had some early success with Next Gen, which it picked up at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and premiered in August.

 

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