I ran into writer-director Audrey Wells at a premiere this week and she was excited about prepping the shoot of “The Fugees,” a project she has been developing at Universal, and which she and producers Kathleen Kennedy and Scott Stuber have taken back in turnaround.
It’s what one might call a passion project.
The story has no stars, African kids and is set in Georgia. But Wells (“Under the Tuscan Sun”) believes in it deeply. “The Fugees” refers to a team of refugee soccer players, put together by a Jordanian (woman!) coach who forms a team made up of boys from wartorn parts of Africa – Sudan, Somalia, etc.
They end up playing in Clarkston, Georgia and inspiring lots of people.
“It’s a fantastic story,” Wells told me. “It’s about how xenophobia can destroy the American dream. These kids make something of themselves by playing the best soccer they can. They remind us to dream.”
They plan to shoot this summer, in Georgia.