VH1 announces that a Drumline sequel is in the works!
There were several rumors speculating the release of a new Drumline feature film. But, according to Deadline.com, the network has given a green light to Drumline: A New Beat. It will be the next original movie to follow the widely popular TLC Biopic that was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nick Cannon is expected to make a return, reprising his role as well as executive producing alongside FOX 2000’s film producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson, and Dallas Austin. It is expected that Regina Hicks and Karin Gist will write the script and release is scheduled for fall 2014 while filming will take place this spring.
Drumline: A New Beat is not a traditional sequel as it focuses on a new set of characters at a fictional New Orleans university. The story follows Danielle (Dani) Bolton, an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend a college in Louisiana so she can join and revitalize their once-prominent drumline. Danis quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the schools history will be hampered by upperclassmen (including her cousin, Tyree); her feelings for fellow band mate and rival, Jayven; and the schools crosstown rivals. Drumline was not just a successful film; it was a cultural happening, Cannon said. Even though it was released over a decade ago, I am constantly approached by people on the street who tell me how much of an impact it made on them. As a producer, my thought was, How do we create an updated version that would translate to todays audience and still feel fresh and original? Adding a female lead character really makes sense, and VH1 is the perfect network to partner with on this modernized take on what is considered a unique and classic film experience (DEADLINE).
It looks as though VH1 is trying to build on the widely popular success of the VH1 Biopic – VH1?s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. The biopic had well over 4 million viewers in October and was the highest rated cable movie of 2013.