A New “Hip-Hop Opera” Is in the Works from Empire Music Producer

News   A New “Hip-Hop Opera” Is in the Works from Empire Music Producer
Is Timbaland hoping to follow in Hamilton's footsteps?

Rap producer, singer and composer Timbaland tells Variety that he wants to create a Hamilton-style, scripted, hip-hop musical for television based on his upcoming autobiographical album, Opera Noir.

Timbaland (born Timothy Zachery Mosley), who supplies music for the TV series Empire, says he has struck a deal with Leftfield Pictures to develop it as a Grease Live!-style event for network television or as a limited series.

The plot of Opera Noir is described as following “a young musician’s rise to the top and hardships along the way, including struggles with poverty, substance abuse and crime.”

In a January 2016 interview with Radio.com, Timbaland said he was considering adapting Opera Noir as a film. “That to me is my Thriller [Michael Jackson's top-selling album]. I will not rush into that.”

No casting, network or broadcast dates were announced.

Timbaland has worked with many of today's pop artists. His hits include “Cry Me a River” for Justin Timberlake and “Loose” for Nelly Furtado.

Watch a video of a song from Opera Noir, “Know Bout Me.”

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