Kendrick Lamar directs his first film.
The Compton rapper’s pgLang company has teamed up with ‘South Park’ creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker to produce a new film for Paramount Pictures. According to diversity, the live-action comedy is written by Vernon Chatman (South Park, The Shivering Truth) and will “depict the past and present that come to a head when a young black man interns as a slave performer at a living history museum discovers that his white girlfriend’s ancestors once owned his.”
Lamar and his pgLang partner Dave Free will produce the untitled project with Stone and Parker’s Park County. Production is scheduled to begin in the spring.
Paramount will handle theatrical distribution, home entertainment and television licensing rights, and the film will also stream on Paramount+.
“On behalf of Paramount Pictures and the entire ViacomCBS family, we are excited to herald the first theatrical collaboration of these creative visionaries and bring audiences worldwide to an immersive storytelling experience,” said Brian Robbins, President and CEO of Paramount Pictures.
This is the first feature film for pgLang. Lamar and Free founded the company in 2020 and described it as a “multilingual” collective that tells stories across media including music, film, television and books.
Meanwhile, fans continue to wait for new music from the Pulitzer winner. In August, he confirmed he was working on his final TDE album, the follow-up to 2017 DAMN IT.