Michel'le Biopic Sparks New Deals: Singer Lands Reality Show, Autobiography & Album
The success of the recently aired Lifetime biopic, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le, has placed Michel'le in the winning chair for 2017. The singer has just signed an overall deal with Thinkfactory Media to release a reality show, an autobiography and a new album.
The story of R&B singer Michel'le Toussaint aired on Saturday, Oct. 15 on Lifetime with record breaking viewership according to Deadline.
Though the TV movie revealed some pretty dark moments from her past, the success of the film offset those days by bringing in new and brighter days filled with new opportunities for the singer.
The R&B Divas: L.A. cast member linked up with the reality show's production team, Thinkfactory Media, to develop and release her Compton biopic. They are now working together on finalizing some other platforms to continue telling her story.
An unscripted docu-series is currently being shopped to various networks to feature the "Nicety" singer and her family, as she continues to move forward pass the hurt and the film.
She's also working on an autobiography and new music to release a full album in 2017.
Though Toussaint was the first woman signed to Ruthless Records, a label created by the late Eazy E and managed by now deceased Jerry Heller,her presence was conveniently omitted from the film that documented one of the label's notorious groups.
Ruthless Records also established the Compton breakout rap group, N.W.A, whose film Straight Outta Compton also garnered much success at the box office but, left her out.
Though the film was developed and supervised by the group's original members it was produced by, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, as noted by Rolling Stone.
Cube's vision for the film was to show all the fun times had by he and the other group members. He aimed to show the lighter side of their rise to fame.
"We were kids, doing hip-hop and becoming famous," Cube explained to Rolling Stone on having the movie show the "lighter side" of the group.
"...we were having fun. Coming from those neighborhoods, you don't have this 'Woe is me' attitude. You have this, 'Sh*t, I survived yesterday; I should be able to survive today, using my instincts."
That could explain why the physical abuse recognized and highlighted in Toussaint's Lifetime story of survival, Surviving Compton, was so obviously left out of theirs- Straight Outta Compton.
Toussaint addressed her omission from their film during the beginning of hers saying, "that's them telling the story they want to tell."
Now, thanks to Thinkfactory, she has the platforms to tell the story that she wants to tell.
"HERstory" instead of their history and she's doing it with original songs heard in her biopic; more new music to come, a book deal and a reality show. #Winning - just as she recited in the beginning of the film.
"History gets told by the winners. I got my own history, my own story about a girl from the hood. I am Michel'le."