For the last several years, comedian Wil Sylvince has been working on a project entitled, ‘I Am Maurice’. The film is set to tell the story of a Haitian immigrant who has dreams of becoming a boxer. Now, Sylvince has gotten another step closer in getting his project completed. Comedians Michael Che, and Damon Wayans Jr. have officially signed on to executive produce the film with Sylvince as it’s star. Sylvince, who is Haitian has been on the comedy circuit for years and thanks to his background he has provided his fans with a unique perspective on the stage. Several notable comedians including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Leslie Jones have all backed the project.
Saturday Night Live co-head writer and “Weekend Update” co-anchor Michael Che and Damon Wayans Jr. (Fox’s New Girl) have signed on as executive producers on indie boxing film I Am Maurice, based on an original script by comedian Wil Sylvince and Bryan Kennedy. Jerry LaMothe is directing the pic, which follows Maurice (played by Sylvince), a downtrodden immigrant with aspirations of becoming a boxer and seeking a better life in America after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Sylvince and Kennedy will produce under their Brilliant Minds Productions banner along with Marshall exec producer Chris Bongirne.
Here’s the project’s Kickstarter Trailer: