Wolfe at Usher’s door for MTV films

Legit director tapped to helm movie musical

MTV Films has tapped Tony Award-winning director-producer George C. Wolfe to helm its untitled Usher project, centering on performances and original music by the singer.

Wolfe is best known for his 12-year stint as producer of the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, winning Tonys for directing “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk” and for directing both parts of “Angels in America.” He resigned from the Public Theater post earlier this year.

MTV exec veep David Gale is overseeing the Usher project along with Loretha Jones and Susan Lewis. Paramount production co-prexy Alli Shearmur is shepherding along with Naketha Mattocks and Matt Jackson.

Wolfe’s additional theater credits include “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty,” “Jelly’s Last Jam,” and “Caroline, or Change.” TV credits include “Fires in the Mirror” and “Lackawanna Blues.”He wrote “The Colored Museum,” “Spunk” and the books for the musicals “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “The Wild Party.”

Usher Raymond, who has been recording for more than 10 years, had last year’s biggest-selling album, “Confessions,” and won two Grammys. He broke into feature films in 1998 with “The Faculty,” followed by roles in “She’s All That” and “Light It Up,” among others.

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