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Pharrell Williams-Inspired Movie Musical ‘Atlantis’ in the Works at Fox

Variety logo Variety 3/27/2017 Dave McNary
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Fox is developing a movie musical inspired by Pharrell Williams’ childhood.

Broadway director Michael Mayer is attached to helm “Atlantis” with Gil Netter, Williams, and Mimi Valdes producing.

The film is inspired by Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach. Williams and Valdes will produce through their I Am Other production company while Netter produces for Netter films. Martin Hynes, whose credits include “Toy Story 4” and “Curious George,” is writing the screenplay.

Williams has won 10 Grammy Awards. He was one of the producers on Fox’s hit “Hidden Figures,” and also wrote several songs for the film in addition to supervising the soundtrack.

Williams also produced “Roxanne Roxanne,” which premiered at the  Sundance Film Festival. He’s also known for his musical contributions to the “Despicable Me” films, as well as his judging stint on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Mayer won a Tony for directing “Spring Awakening.” His feature credits include the 2006 film “Flicka” and the upcoming Saoirse Ronan drama “The Seagull.”

WME represents Williams,  Mayer, and the package for “Atlantis.” Hynes is repped by Original Artists.

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