VH1 Announces ‘Drumline: A New Beat’ With Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon

VH1 has announced their second scripted project in Drumline: A New Beat. Actor Nick Cannon is slated to star and produce the follow up to the 2002 film that also featured actress Zoe Saldana (Avatar).

“Drumline was not just a successful film; it was a cultural happening,” Nick Cannon shared. “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.”

“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, the executive vice president of Original Programming & Production. “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.”

Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson and Dallas Austin, the producers behind the original ‘Drumline’, have also joined the project alongside Cannon. Principal photography is slated to begin in the spring with ‘Drumline: A New Beat’ scheduled to debut in the fall of 2014.