Pharrell Williams To Make A Musical, It's Called "Atlantis" & It's Based On His Childhood
Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:30:59
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Pharrell has announced that he is co-producing a movie called Atlantis, a tragic love story inspired by his childhood in Virginia Beach. The movie is described by The Hollywood Reporter as being "Romeo & Juliet-style love story with a music element", and it was picked up last week by Fox.
Helming the project is Broadway director Michael Mayer who is perhaps best known for 2006's Tony-winning Spring Awakening, and American Idiot — the stage adaptation of Green Day's 2004 Rock opera. Martin Hynes, who is reportedly penning Toy Story 4, is also attached as a writer to Atlantis. Pharrell will be sharing co-producing credit with Gil Netter (Life of Pi) and Mimi Valdes (Hidden Figures).
Atlantis will focus on Pharrell's formative years in Virginia Beach. There's already speculation that the movie could potentially explore his collaboration with Chad Hugo, his partner in Neptunes. The influential production duo met during a summer camp before going on to form a teenage band that also included Shay Haley, who, of course would later become a collaborator in N.E.R.D. During a high school talent show, New jack swing pioneer Teddy Riley discovered the group, and effectively launched Pharrell's career.
Hidden Figures, released last year, which earned three Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture was Pharrell's first major foray into motion pictures — a movie for which he also wrote original songs which featured in the soundtrack.
Amongst Pharrell's other film credits are his executive-production of 2015 coming-of-age dramedy Dope, co-composing the scores to 2010's Despicable Me 2 and 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. There is, of course, the unforgettable track "Happy," from Despicable Me, which topped the Billboard charts in 2013, became the lead single for his second solo LP, Girl, and inspired an insanely ambitious 24 hour music video.
Atlantis, the movie which promises to explore the formative years of such an influential and prolific talent will surely go some way in answering the question "What makes the culturally omnipresent artist tick?" In the right hands, and given Pharrell's presence across so many demographics — the box office will surely be singing.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff