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Wednesday, March 29

Pharrell Williams film musical in the pipeline

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox are producing  a musical film based on the life of Pharrell Williams. The project is called Atlantis and initial reports suggest it will be similar to Romeo and Juliet, but with songs.

The film will reunite Pharrell with Fox, the studio he worked with on Oscar-nominated drama Hidden Figures. He acted as producer for the film, as well as providing much of the music.

Atlantis will be directed by Michael Mayer,

At the age of 12, Pharrell was sent to a school for gifted children where he met Chad Hugo and they formed the Neptunes. He sold his first single at the age of 19

It will be written by Martin Hynes with Funny Girl director Michael Mayer known for his work on Broadway, including stints on Spring Awakening and American Idiot. His big-screen credits include family drama Flicka and upcoming Chekhov adaptation The Seagull) working on the project.

Williams' biggest songs include the 2013 hit "Happy", but  he has also produced music for top artists including  Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Jennifer Hudson. Williams produced last year's Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, and has written songs for the Despicable Me films.

It is not yet known  whether the musical will feature original music, or tracks from the singer's back catalogue.

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