Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s iconic song Summertime is getting a musical makeover.
Westbrook Studios and Davis Entertainment are teaming up to develop a hip-hop musical based on the Grammy-winning song.
Details on Summertime’s plot are being kept under wraps. Peter Saji is attached to write and direct, marking this project as his feature debut, for Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems.
Smith and Jon Mone will produce for Westbrook Studios, alongside Davis Entertainment’s John Davis, John Fox and Jeremy Stein, and Screen Gems’ Giselle Johnson. Ryan Shimazaki will oversee the project on behalf of Westbrook.
“Summertime” was the lead single on DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s fourth studio album, Homebase, and won the collaborators a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. Since its release back in May of 1991, the song has endured as a beloved summer anthem. Sony Music controls the main recording, with Sony/ATV holding publishing rights outside of the U.S.
Westbrook Studios is a subsidiary of Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Miguel Melendez and Ko Yada’s media company Westbrook Inc., which launched in 2019.