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Wyclef Jean continues to make strides in arenas outside of rap. It was recently revealed he will co-produce a new animated Netflix movie about his childhood in Haiti.
The Fugees co-founder is linking up with Greg Silverman’s upstart production company Stampede for the CG-animated show, according to Deadline. Justin Marks will have the duty of penning the script.
Jean believes the project will be inspirational. “I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination,” he said. “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 feature will be a kid-friendly depiction of Jean’s childhood in Haiti and move to the States as a pre-teen, where he later found his musical voice in New Jersey.
Melissa Cobb, VP Kids and Family at Netflix, was totally onboard after hearing the pitch. “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.”
No more information has been released about the upcoming film.
In other Wyclef-related news, over the summer, he was honored with the key to the city of Brooklyn. He put out his