Pharrell Williams in talks to develop Juneteenth musical for Netflix – report


Pharrell Williams is reportedly being tapped to produce a feature-length musical about Juneteenth for Netflix.

According to Deadline, the Happy hitmaker is having conversations with bosses at the streaming service, along with Black-ish and BlackAF creator Kenya Barris, to work on the project about the holiday, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

While discussions are in early stages, sources confirmed it is a separate project to the live musical that was previously announced in 2018.

Williams will produce the project with partner Mimi Valdes alongside Barris, who will produce through his production company Khalabo Ink Society, it is believed.

The report comes after the hitmaker declared that June 19th will be officially recognized as Juneteenth in the state of Virginia during a press conference earlier this week (begins June 15, 2020).

He joined Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to share the news that the date will be recognized annually state-wide, noting: “From this moment on, when you look at the vastness of the night sky, and you see those stars moving up there, know that those stars are our African ancestors dancing.

“They’re dancing in celebration because their lives are finally being acknowledged,” Pharrell beamed.