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Jerrod Carmichael Developing Dapper Dan Biopic

Dapper Dan became a force in hip-hop fashion during the 1980s dressing everyone from your local dealer to rap phenoms like LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa and Eric B. & Rakim. Now Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day’s life story is coming to the big screen as a “high stakes coming-of-age story.”

Sony is developing the biopic based on Dapper Dan’s unreleased memoir, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The book published by Random House will be out in 2019 and will be adapted into a feature film by comedian and writer Jerrod Carmichael. Immersive Picture’s Josh Bratman and Carmichael will produce the project.


Dan who is from Harlem is one of streetwear’s pioneers, his store on 125th Street in Harlem became synonymous with hip-hop culture. The tailor would use high fashion fabrics such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton to make custom pieces. Ultimately after counterfeit litigation, Dapper Dan’s Boutique would close, but his imprint would live on in hip-hop culture.

After two decades, Dapper Dan returned to the fashion world last year after Gucci was accused of copying one of his iconic 1980s designs. Now, Dan partnered with the brand to design a capsule collection and has re-opened his iconic store in Harlem where he is back to custom pieces. Salma Hayek donned a Gucci by Dapper Dan piece to an Oscars afterparty this past weekend.

Dapper Dan and his son Jelani Day will executive produce the biopic. Though Jelani was a child during the height of his father’s tailoring business, he now serves as the brand’s manager.

The untitled movie will be out after the release of Dapper Dan’s memoir.

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