According to Deadline, Netflix is developing a Hip-Hop musical feature with Flavor Unit Entertainment and 25/7 Productions on board to produce and Overbrook Entertainment attached to executive produce. Solvan “Slick” Naim, a Brooklyn-native Algerian-American filmmaker and rapper, has been tapped to direct the film, which he co-wrote with Dave Broome.
Broome and Yong Yam are producing on behalf of 25/7 along with Shakim Compere and Queen Latifah for Flavor Unit. Overbrook’s Will Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will serve as executive producers.
The plot is said to be a contemporary musical take on Romeo and Juliet set against the urban rhythms of New York. The love story follows a young waitress from the streets of Brooklyn and an aspiring musician from a wealthy family whose unconventional romance forces them to confront their life choices.
Slick already has a project set up with Netflix. He created, directs, executive produces and stars in comedy series It’s Bruno, about a man and his dog, that premieres Friday on Netflix.
His debut came with the 2013 film Full Circle, which he wrote, co-directed, and starred in alongside Stranger Things actor Rob Morgan. He was selected by Sony Pictures, FOX, and NBC as a finalist in their Diverse Directors TV Program in 2015/2016 and has since directed for shows like Netflix’s The Get Down, Power on Starz, and the John Singleton co-created FX series, Snowfall.
This should be interesting.
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Will Smith and Queen Latifah are joining forces to produce a film that blends hip-hop and Shakespeare. The pair are reportedly gearing up to produce an upcoming hip-hop musical of Romeo & Juliet for Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be a contemporary musical on Shakspeare's romantic tragedy that is set in New York City. The updated rendition will portray a young waitress from Brooklyn who falls in love with an aspiring musician from a wealthy family. Solvan "Slick" Naim will reportedly direct from a script he wrote with Dave Broome. Latifah will produce the musical through her Flavor Unit Entertainment banner. Smith will act as an executive producer under his Overbrook Entertainment, with James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett. Hip-hop and Shakespeare might sound like they don't miss, but you probably forgot that Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet. The film, which starred a young Leonardo DiCaprio, also took a more urban, hip-hop approach. It's unclear when the upcoming musical will hit Netflix at this time. #WillSmith #QueenLatifah #VIBE #TMZ #NetFlix #Hiphop #News #Musical #Podcast #HollywoodLife #MrsouleffectPodcastNews