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The life of Dapper Dan — the godfather of hip-hop fashion, who dressed everyone from LL Cool J to Jay-Z — is coming to the big screen.
Sony is developing a biopic based on Dapper Dan’s upcoming memoir (due out in 2019 via Random House), which will be adapted by Jerrod Carmichael. Set in Harlem, the feature is described as a “high-stakes coming-of-age story.”
Carmichael, who is best known as the creator and star of the NBC critical darling The Carmichael Show, will also produce alongside Josh Bratman of Immersive Pictures. Dapper Dan and Jelani Day, his son and brand manager, are set to executive produce.
Ange Giannetti and Maia Eyre are overseeing the project for the studio, which had no comment on the project.
Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day is a streetwear pioneer that outfitted some of the biggest New York City-based stars of the ‘80s and ‘90s out of his iconic store on 125th Street in Harlem. His clientele included Eric B. & Rakim, Salt-N-Pepa, P. Diddy, Mike Tyson, Aaliyah and Floyd Mayweather.
His style of remixing high-end logos from the likes of Gucci and Louis Vuitton into his designs led to litigation that eventually prompted the closure of his store. Over two decades later, in September of last year, Dapper Dan struck a partnership with Gucci to relaunch his exclusive Harlem atelier that includes a Dapper Dan x Gucci capsule that will be available along with the fall 2018 collection.
UTA reps Dapper Dan and Day on behalf of the MacKenzie Wolf agency. Carmichael — whose acting credits include Neighbors, Transformers 5 and Jonah Hill’s upcoming directorial debut Mid 90s — is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.
Bratman is repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott.
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