Hollywood and Broadway producer, Paula Wagner, has just acquired film rights to the life story of the late Sylvia Robinson, the “Mother of Hip-Hop.”
The singer-songwriter and record producer’s life will be portrayed in a film featuring rap music owned by Robinson’s family and managed by Universal Music Publishing Group.
Her son, Joey Robinson, will executive-produce the project, while music vet Robert Kraft serves as co-producer. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 head honcho, Grandmaster Melle Mel, will lend his hand as a consultant.
Robinson earned the nickname as producer of the landmark 1979 hit “Rapper’s Delight” and co-founder of Sugar Hill Records with her husband Joe Robinson. She had earlier success as part of Mickey & Sylvia, who scored with the 1958 hit “Love Is Strange.”
“Sylvia Robinson’s life story has all the elements of a great film,” Wagner said in a statement released today announcing the project. “It is not only the story of female empowerment at a time when the world of music was male dominated, but it’s also a story of the origin of hip-hop and how this woman’s determination, immense talent and savvy business sense fostered an entire musical movement. ”
No word on movie debut. Stay tuned.