Chance the Rapper — real name Chancelor Bennett — has reportedly signed on to develop a feature musical with MGM, entitled Hope. According to a press release, MGM has acquired the rights to work with Chance and the project will be made in collaboration with Chance’s long-time manager, Pat Corcoran of Haight Films, as well as Scott Bernstein of Tradecraft. Bernstein also worked as a producer on Straight Outta Compton.The screenplay comes from Carlito Rodriguez, known for both Empire and The Leftovers, and the original music will be overseen by Nico Segal. Exact details of the project are still unknown, though MGM’s press release seems to hint that it will fall in line with Chance’s various efforts to support the city of Chicago. The rapper has done a tremendous about of community organizing and philanthropic initiatives over the years, which were referenced in MGM’s release.
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