Wyclef Jean, HBO to duet on comedy-bio
By Cynthia Littleton
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Haitian-born musician
Wyclef Jean, frontman of the Grammy-winning rap trio the
Fugees, has cut a deal with HBO to produce and star in a comedy
series loosely based on his life.
The project, now in the early stages of development, will
be penned by Jean along with writers Seth Rosenfeld and Danny
Hoch (HBO’s “Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground”). Jean
also is set to write and produce original music for the series
through his Platinum Sound studio.
The son of a minister, Jean absorbed the local Creole and
folk traditions that would later influence his hip-hop and
world music recordings. His family moved to Brooklyn when he
was 9, and later to New Jersey. By the time he was a teenager,
he had taken up the guitar and joined forces with Lauryn Hill
and Pras Michael to form the Fugees.
The band had a hit in 1996 with the album “The Score,” and
recently reunited to lay the groundwork for a follow-up disc
expected in early 2006. The trio will launch a European tour in
Vienna on November 30.
During the Fugees’ hiatus, Jean kept busy. He released his
first solo album, “Wyclef Jean Presents the Carnival,” in 1997
and has worked as a producer and songwriter with such artists
as Destiny’s Child, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana and the Black
Eyed Peas. He earned a Golden Globe nomination last year for
penning the song “A Million Voices” featured in “Hotel Rwanda.”
Jean has branched out into acting in recent years. He
appeared in four episodes of the NBC drama “Third Watch” this
year. He also has roles in the current indie features “One Last
Thing,” which screened last month at the Toronto International
Film Festival, and “Dirty,” set to debut at next month’s AFI
Los Angeles International Film Festival.