*Olympus Pictures and Paul Haggis’ Hwy 61 announced today it is moving forward with a father-son project inspired by the relationship between ESPN sports commentator Selema “Sal” Masekela and his father, South African jazz musician and apartheid activist Hugh Masekela.
The untitled project follows a son emerging out of the shadow of his successful but troubled father set against a backdrop of music, surfing, and South Africa’s racism.
Hugh Masekela, who was featured on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album, was exiled for more than 30 years for speaking out against apartheid.
According to Deadline.com, South African filmmaker Mukunda Michael Dewil has been hired to write and direct the film, with Selema Masekela serving as a producer. Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech of Olympus Pictures, and Haggis and Michael Nozik of Hwy 61 Films are also producing
“I first met Sal when he was a teenager working with his father on the Graceland tour,” said Urdang. “We met again many years later and the riveting narrative is a father/son story filled with surprise, danger, bravery, forgiveness, and lots of music.”