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According to a brand new report from Deadline, ‘Dear White People’ director Justin Simien will direct the untitled Syl Robinson biopic for Warner Bros.

The film has been within the works since 2014 when Paula Wagner acquired the rights to inform Robinson’s story movie.  Robinson was the founding father of Sugar Hill Records, a pioneering early rap label.

The biopic’s script has been written by Tracy Oliver, Malcolm Spellman, and Carlito Rodriguez. The movie will element how Robinson grew to become a powerhouse within the music business after recording ‘Rapper’s Delight’ in 1979. Robinson’s son, Leland Robinson, is serving as an government producer for the biopic.

Paula Wagner is producing the movie by means of her Chestnut Ridge Productions with consulting assist from Homegrown Pictures’ Stephanie Allain and Kraftbox Entertainment’s Robert Kraft.

Allain served as a producer on ‘Dear White People’ and introduced in Simien because the director for the biopic. When requested why Wagner settled on Simien as her director, she says Justin linked with the subject material immediately.

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“Justin linked with Syl and her period immediately,” Allain said.  “His distinctive sense of favor and his innate understanding of the origins of hip-hop make him the proper director for this movie.  Also, actors love him.  He’s an actual actor’s director.  I may see that when Stephanie and I visited the set of Bad Hair.  We are trying ahead to recreating the summer time of 1979 and bringing Syl’s story to the world.”

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According to an interview with Leland Robinson, Wagner was contemplating Halle Berry within the position of his mom, Syl Robinson.  Leland says the producers have been having bother determining who they need to get to play his father, Joe Robinson. Idris Elba was at one level thought-about, however no affirmation has been given for the half.

Other contenders for the a part of Syl Robinson embrace Jada Pinkett Smith, Paula Patton, and Kerry Washington.