Paula Wagner, the producer who has been working on Broadway projects since splitting with former partner Tom Cruise, has acquired the film rights to the life story of the singer considered the mother of hip-hop: Sylvia Robinson.
Sylvia’s son, Joey Robinson, will executive produce and consult on the project, which will cover Robinson’s life as a singer and owner of Sugar Hill Records that, in 1979, had the first rap hit with “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang.
Melle Mel, lead rapper of the group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, will consult Robinson. Music executive Robert Kraft will co-produce the film. bThe film will feature music owned by Sylvia Robinson’s family.