Timbaland has inked a deal with Leftfield Pictures to develop his upcoming “autobiographical” album “Opera Noir” into a scripted hip-hop musical for television broadcast.
Per the press release, “Opera Noir” centers on “a young musician’s rise to the top and hardships along the way, including struggles with poverty, substance abuse and crime.”
Producers will shop the project to TV networks as an “event special,” similar to the recent live musical broadcasts which have proven to be quite successful for the networks that have carried them – Fox and NBC notably. Although plans are for an eventual limited TV series, especially if the musical event special is a hit.
“I couldn’t have found a better partner than Leftfield Pictures and David George for ‘Opera Noir,'” Timbaland said in a statement. “They understand my vision for this project, which I’ve had for years, and I’m confident they will help bring this to life for everyone to see.”
Added David George, CEO of Leftfield Entertainment: “Tim’s unbelievable candor about his experiences and difficult past help illustrate one of the most epic success stories in the industry. We’re fortunate to be part of the ‘grand finale’ of an artist whose innovative and inspiring musical contributions have helped shape the business and will influence artists for years to come.”
Timbaland will serve as executive producer on the project.
No word on potential casting.