VH1 will team from actor/producer Nick Cannon to develop a new original movie based on the 2000 theatrical film Drumline.
Cannon, who appeared in the 2000 film about a fictional, Historically Black College marching band, will excutively produce Drumline:A New Beat, which will focus on a new set of characters at a fictional New Orleans-based university, said VH1 officials. Drumline feature film producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson and Dallas Austin will also work on the new project, produced by VH1 in partnership with Fox Television Studios.
The VH1 film follows on the heels of the network’s successful CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story Tv moive this past October, which generated 4.5 million viewers.
“Drumline has become one of those beloved cornerstone films for a generation, always generating high ratings when we air it on VH1,” said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Production for VH1 in a statement. “We’re beyond excited to revisit that Drumline magic with Nick Cannon, Wendy Finerman, Dallas Austin and Jody Gerson to create a film that features a strong, relatable storyline, great music and a little nostalgia -- all of which viewers have come to expect from a VH1 original movie.”