Nick Cannon is known as many things: the host of America’s Got Talent, the husband of Mariah Carey, an entertainment council member for Feeding America. However, I will always think of him as Devon, the talented but wild drummer in the 2002 movie Drumline. Turns out I am not the only one who always hears fantastic percussion when she thinks of Nick. Thanks to VH1, there is going to be a sequel to Drumline. Nick will return as Devon Miles, and he will also take on a new role: executive producer.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Nick explains why he is excited to work on this project and what will be different for this made-for-TV movie:
“Drumline was not just a successful film; it was a cultural happening. 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 new film is tentatively titled Drumline: A New Beat and according to Deadline, “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.”
Zoe Saldana played the part of Nick Cannon’s girlfriend in the original film and it’s the one of the first breakout roles I remember her in. I love the idea of having a sequel with a female lead — especially with a female lead who will be in the drumline. (Women, by the way, have been in drumlines for decades.)
So why is VH1 involved with the sequel? Susan Levison, who is the VP of original programming and production over at VH1 says, “Drumline has become one of those beloved cornerstone films for a generation, always generating high ratings when we air it on VH1.” Makes complete sense that they would want a hand in building a franchise for the film.
My big question is … will Dr. Lee make an appearance?
Remember why you fell in love with Drumline:
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