Made For TV: “Drumline” Headed to VH1

A long anticipated sequel to the film “Drumline” is set to air on VH1.

The cable channel has given the green light to “Drumline: A New Beat” (its working title). Original “Drumline” star Nick Cannon will return to reprise his role, as well as being an executive producer on the film. Music producer Dallas Austin, Wendy Finerman and Jody Gerson will also be executive producers.

“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.

Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen (including her cousin, Tyree); her feelings for fellow band mate and rival, Jayven; and the school’s 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 today’s 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.”

The “Drumline” sequel follows the success that VH1 recently had with the original film “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story,” which drew 4.5 million total viewers in October and became the highest-rated cable movie of 2013 in adults 18-49 (2.9 rating).

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