Wyclef Jean Inks Netflix Deal For Feature Film Based On His Haitian Childhood
Wyclef Jean has announced a forthcoming Netflix feature that’ll put his upbringing in Haiti on full display. According to Deadline, the former Fugees member teamed up with Greg Silverman’s Stampede company to bring this animated reel to life.
Silverman shared that he has a deep admiration for Haiti, telling Deadline that Jean and writer Justin Marks’ “film will showcase this magical country in their unique and signature style.”
On Jean’s side, he hopes his reality as told through animation will put into perspective how someone from an underprivileged neighborhood can still attain success. “I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination,” he said. “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.”
Since the 2010 earthquake that struck the country, Jean has been vocal in his quest to provide support and resources for the nation’s people. In 2017, Jean took a firm stance against Donald Trump’s administration’s plan to rescind a pact that allowed 50,000 Haitian immigrants to work and live legally in the U.S. This occurred after the natural disaster rocked the country.
“There’s a workforce of Haitians in every sector of business, and I don’t think we should overlook that,” Jean said. “We come to this country, we work hard, and we don’t break the law.”