In a culture where living legends rarely get to have their flowers while they can still smell it, Grime pioneer Wiley's life story is coming to the big screen.
A biopic, titled Wiley, on the musical pioneer from Pulse Films and BMG, the same film company behind the Beyonce-HBO "Lemonade" project, will document his increible journey from his early days as a struggling producer and performer on pirate radio in London to when he began making a worldwide name for himself, which will take inspiration from the MOBO Award-winners recent memoir Eskiboy. The film will also trace the growth of grime from its underground UK roots to a genre that has resonated around the world.
“This is my life, my highs and lows, but it’s not really all about me,” Wiley said. “When I make music, help the scene or even do something like this, it’s like I’m not alone any more. It’s for people who grew up like me. I’m doing it to help people who are lost like me.”
Sabrina Mahfouz will write “Wiley,” and Pulse Films’ Marisa Clifford, alongside Josephine Davies, and Jacob Swan Hyam will produce. Pulse’s Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa, A-List Management’s John Woolf, and BMG’s William Kennedy and Kathy Daum will executive produce. Janaya Cowie, Wiley’s sister, is also an exec producer, along with Jamal Edwards (founder of SBTV).
More details are set to be released soon. In the meantime, check out highlights from when he honoured Wiley with his very own 'Paving The Way' paving stone in 2015.
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