Timbaland is spending his 2016 working. On TV, Timbo works behind the scenes on the hit TV show, “Empire,” and he’s developing a hip-hop docuseries with La La Anthony. Now, Timbaland has his eyes on musicals. Timbaland is teaming up with Leftfield Pictures (also the production company for the docuseries.) for “Opera Noir,” a scripted hip-hop musical based on the producer’s next (and allegedly final album) with the same name.
“I couldn’t have found a better partner than Leftfield Pictures and David George for ‘Opera Noir,’” said Timbo. “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.”
Timbaland announced Opera Noir the album, back in 2014. The musical and album will serve as an autobiography of Timbaland’s life, it’s set to dicuss the producer’s upbringing, poverty, substance abuse, and more. Tim will executive produce the project, along with Leftfield’s David George, Adam Sher, and Will Nothacker, and Jungle Punks president Jared Gutstadt.
Leftfield CEO David George released a statement praising Timbaland’s career.
“Tim’s unbelievable candor about his experiences and difficult past help illustrate one of the most epic success stories in the industry,” said George. “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.”
According to Variety, the musical is being shopped around to several different networks, this will include various potential formats, “from a standalone special (given the recent success of Fox’s ‘Grease Live!’) to a limited series.”