Sequel of ‘Drumline’ movie in the making

The American cabler VH1 has given the green light to a TV movie follow-up to ‘Drumline’ (2002), the network announced. The sequel will have a female lead character.

‘Drumline: A New Beat’ (working title) will focus on a new set of characters at a fictional New Orleans university. The new story will follow 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, her feelings for fellow band mate Jayven and the school’s crosstown rivals.

Lead character Nick Cannon (lead character Devon Miles in the original Drumline movie) will have an onscreen role and executive produce alongside feature producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson and Dallas Austin. Regina Hicks and Karin Gist will pen the script for the new take, with production set to begin in the spring for a fall 2014 premiere.

"Drumline has become one of those beloved cornerstone films for a generation, always generating high ratings when we air it on VH1," VH1 executive vp original programming and production Susan Levison said. "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." (Source: Hollywood Reorter)

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