A version of this story first appeared in the April 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
Timbaland is in final talks to serve as executive music producer on CG-animated feature Groove Tails.
The movie will star Jamie Foxx as a mouse forced to enter the world of competitive street dancing to pay an outstanding cheese debt.
For his role, Timbaland would guide and produce the score for the kids’ movie along with music marketing agency Jungle Punks, who is helping the artists expand into original music for brand syncs, television and film scores, video game soundtracks, and sponsorships.
Timbaland is the latest big music talent to lend expertise to animated fare.
Pharrell Williams composed the scores for Universal’s Despicable Me films, and also wrote original songs including the explosively popular song “Happy.” It was also recently announced that the Grammy winner will write music for 2017’s Hidden Figures from Fox 2000, starring Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.
DreamWorks Animation enlisted Rihanna to record two original songs for 2015’s Home. And DreamWorks has tapped frequent Timbaland collaborator Justin Timberlake to executive music produce, write and perform original music for its Nov. 4 release Trolls.
Minions, aliens and now anthropomorphic mice are getting the best contemporary pop music has to offer.