Pharrell Williams' life to become a movie musical, Atlantis

Pharrell Williams poses during the photocall before the Chanel women's Fall-Winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris.
Pharrell Williams poses during the photocall before the Chanel women's Fall-Winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris. PHOTO: AFP

(NYTimes) - Atlantis, a new musical inspired by the hip-hop mogul Pharrell Williams' childhood, is heading to the big screen.

Fox has signed on to produce the movie musical, which will blend elements of Williams' childhood in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with a "Romeo and Juliet-style story," according to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported news of the project Monday. A publicist for Williams confirmed his involvement in an email Tuesday.

The Tony Award-winning film and stage director Michael Mayer, whose Broadway directing credits include Spring Awakening, American Idiot and Hedwig And The Angry Inch, will direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mayer's films include the 2004 movie A Home At The End Of The World and a coming adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, which will star Annette Bening, Brian Dennehy and Saoirse Ronan. Martin Hynes will write the Atlantis screenplay.

Williams, who is best known as a producer and solo artist, was deeply involved in producing and promoting the movie Hidden Figures, which achieved breakout success and several Oscar nominations, including one for best picture. He will be a co-producer of Atlantis.