Eight-time Grammy winner Anderson .Paak is set to make his feature directorial debut with dramatic comedy K-POPS!, which is in the works at Stampede Ventures. He will also star in the film alongside his son, Soul Rasheed.
The film revolves around a washed-up musician who travels to Korea to write for K-pop stars, discovering that his long-lost son is set to front one of the country’s hottest new groups. He then jumps at the opportunity to capitalize on his son’s stardom for his own renaissance, but learns that fatherhood is much more fulfilling and meaningful than stardom.
.Paak developed the project with rapper Jon ‘Dumbfoundead’ Park, writing the screenplay with Khaila Amazan (A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow). .Paak said in a statement:
“My mom is from Korea but she was adopted so I never knew anything about my Korean heritage until I met my wife. This movie is a reflection on my experience learning about this part of myself alongside my wife and son – and spending even more time with them!
I knew this would be something I should write and direct, and Stampede Ventures took a chance and trusted that I could pull this off. I’m excited to bring it to the big screen.”
Stampede Ventures’ CEO and founder, Greg Silverman, added: “Anderson .Paak is a trailblazer by nature, whose amazing work will naturally translate onto the big screen for feature films. He is a monster talent with a huge heart and a bigger smile. This is just the beginning for this superstar.”
.Paak is fresh off dominating the Grammys with four wins, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year, alongside Bruno Mars via their R&B superduo Silk Sonic. It will be fascinating to see what a talented artist can do in another creative field. K-POPS! sounds like it’s coming straight from the heart, and should be a lovely father-son moment for .Paak and Rasheed.
Production on the film is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year.