We’re nonetheless all eagerly awaiting Kendrick Lamar’s new album, however within the meantime he’s holding busy with the announcement of a left-field new mission. Lamar will function producer on a brand new live-action comedy movie alongside Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park.
Per Selection, the movie will “depict the previous and current coming to a head when a younger Black man, who’s interning as a slave re-enactor at a dwelling historical past museum, discovers that his white girlfriend’s ancestors as soon as owned his.”
That’s a doozy of a plot, and appears in step with the latest Hollywood development of addressing racial points by style movies like Get Out. At first look, it appears to most intently resemble 2020’s Antebellum, a horror film starring Janelle Monáe that additionally centered on the trauma of slavery and historic reenactments. However, the truth that it’s a comedy means it could be extra within the vein of 2018’s Sorry to Hassle You, which used darkish, absurdist humor to satirize gentrification and racism within the office.
Kendrick can be producing underneath the banner of PGLang, the media firm he based in 2020. Final October, Lamar introduced he could be leaving TDE, his longtime label residence, following the discharge of his subsequent album. Presumably, PGLang can be concerned within the launch of his future music, though the corporate has gone out of its strategy to make clear it “will not be a ‘file label.’” (That stated, PGLang had a task within the launch of Child Keem’s debut album in September.)
Vernon Chatman, a longtime collaborator of Stone and Parker who additionally wrote for The Chris Rock Present and created The Shivering Reality, is ready to pen the film’s script. Manufacturing is slated to start out this spring, although that may very well be impacted by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
Lamar has dipped his toes within the movie world earlier than, most notably as government producer for Black Panther: The Album, which accompanied the 2018 Marvel hit and earned a slew of Grammy nominations for songs like “King’s Lifeless” and “All of the Stars.” (He’s additionally made one temporary, albeit memorable performing look in a cameo on Energy.)
This announcement can be a major one for Stone and Parker, whose tasks have largely stayed inside the realm of animation. Parker and Stone labored collectively on just a few tasks like Orgazmo and BASEketball within the late ‘90s that had been stay motion, and again in 2020 it was introduced they had been engaged on one other movie titled Alma Junction, which some have speculated was code for a Guide of Mormon adaptation.
Different particulars proper now are scarce, however the one manner this information may very well be extra stunning is that if Kendrick drops an accompanying album.