The story of Sugar Hill Records founder Sylvia Robinson is coming to a theater near you. Robinson’s family just signed a deal with Broadway and film producer Paula Wagner that will allow the story of the head of the seminal hip-hop label to hit the big screen. The film will cover her life as a recording artist and as a leader of the label that scored rap’s first commercial hit, Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.”
Melle Mel, who is from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, is also on board as a consultant for the project. Universal Music Publishing Group will be making all the label’s hits available for use in the film as well. Her son, Joey Robinson, will also be a producer on the movie.
Robinson, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 75, saw success before becoming a hip-hop label head as a blues artist and recorded under the name Little Sylvia. She also hit No. 11 on the Hot 100 in 1957 with “Love Is Strange” as half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia before going solo in the 1970s.
There’s no word on who’s being thought of in terms of casting. As of now, there is also no screenwriter or director attached to the project.