Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s summer anthem “Summertime” is being made into a hip-hop musical.
Westbrook Studios and Davis Entertainment have begun to develop the musical, with Peter Saji writing for Sony Picture’s Screen Gems.
Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff released “Summertime” in 1991 as the lead single of Smith’s fourth studio album “Homebase.” The album went on to earn the pair a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
The project will be overseen by Ryan Shimazaki on behalf of Westbrook. Smith and Jon Mone will be producing for Westbrook studios along with John Davis, John Fox and Jeremy Stein of Davis Entertainment, and Giselle Johnson of Screen Gems.
The plot of “Summertime” is still unknown, but the project will be overseen by Ryan Shimazaki on behalf of Westbrook.
Saji has written on ABC’s “Black-ish”, best known for his work on the musical episodes: “Juneteenth” and “Purple Rain.” Along with working on “Black-ish,” Saji is also the co-creator of the show’s spin-off, “Mixed-ish.”
A subsidiary of Westbrook Inc., Westbrook Studios is responsible for the “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” remake, “Soul Superhero,” the “Fresh Prince” reboot, and many more. The media company is owned by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Miguel Melendez, and Ko Yada.
Davis Entertainment was founded in 1984 and most recently produced Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” and is also in production for a “Predator” origin film.
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