Following success with CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, a biopic on the R&B group TLC, the pop culture and reality show-obsessed former music network VH1 is sticking with the TV movie business. But this time, they’re taking cues from an actual big screen release for their next project.
If you’re one of the fans of the 2002 drum corps drama Drumline who has been foaming at the mouth for a sequel, then your time has come. Deadline has word that VH1 and Nick Cannon are working on Drumline: A New Beat, a sequel to the original film about the trials and tribulations of being part of a university drumline. Cannon will executive produce along with the original film’s producers Wendy Finerman, Jody Gerson and Dallas Austin.
With a script from Regina Hicks and Karin Gist, both writers and producers of the series “Girlfriends,” Cannon will reprise his role from the original film, but the sequel won’t be following his character. Instead, it will focus on a group of new characters at a fictional college in New Orleans. This time a female has the lead role, an upper-class Brooklyn girl named Dani who defies her parents in order to attend a college in Louisiana so she can join and revitalize the school’s once thriving drumline.
But the girl’s plans to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history won’t be easy as she contends with upperclassman – including her cousin Tyree – and a love interest named Jayven, not to mention the school’s rival drumline. Since it’s been ten years, we’re betting Cannon won’t be on the drumline this time, but maybe he’s the university’s drumline director, just like Orlando Jones was in the first film.
While this sequel feels wholly unnecessary, I will say the the drumline sequences themselves were rather impressive in the original, and they definitely keep your attention. The faux drama is a little much, but we bet plenty of band geeks still love the film and can’t wait for a sequel. If you haven’t seen the original, here’s the intense final drum battle:
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