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Netflix to turn Wyclef Jean’s childhood into animated movie

By | Published on Monday 29 October 2018

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean’s early life in Haiti is to be the subject of a new animated film for Netflix.

Jean himself will produce the film, with a screenplay written by Justin Marks, whose credits include the 2016 remake of ‘The Jungle Book’. The story is set to follow Jean’s childhood in Haiti and his move to the US aged nine, through to the beginnings of his musical career.

“I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination”, says Jean. “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”.

Netflix’s VP Of Kids And Family, Melissa Cobb, adds: “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. 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 release date has yet been announced for the film.