By Jasmine Wing | @jasminenatashaw
The biopic will tell the tumultuous life story of Wiley, whose real name is Richard Kylea Cowie. It will cover his early days as a struggling producer and performer on pirate radio in London up to when he began making a worldwide name for himself. The film will also trace the growth of grime from its underground U.K. roots to a genre that has resonated around the world.
Sabrina Mahfouz will write “Wiley,” and Pulse Films’ Marisa Clifford, alongside Josephine Davies, and Jacob Swan Hyam will produce. Pulse’s Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa, A-List Management’s John Woolf, and BMG’s William Kennedy and Kathy Daum will executive produce.
Janaya Cowie, Wiley’s sister, is also an exec producer, along with Jamal Edwards, founder of the influential SBTV urban music channel.
“This is my life, my highs and lows, but it’s not really all about me,” Wiley said. “When I make music, help the scene or even do something like this, it’s like I’m not alone any more. It’s for people who grew up like me. I’m doing it to help people who are lost like me.”
There’s no release date for the dramatised Wiley biopic yet.