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And The Band Plays On: Nick Cannon Produces ‘Drumline’ Sequel

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In 2002, Nick Cannon made his leading man debut as Devon Miles in the marching band film Drumline, now over a decade later, Mariah Carey’s husband is producing a sequel with VH1.

According to VH1, “Drumline: A New Beat” (tentative title) will eschew a sequel format, instead focusing 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.

Nick will not only produce the project, he’s also set to appear in the film as well. Something tells us Zoe Saldana was not in the mood to reprise her role as Cannon’s love interest, Laila.

Drumline was not just a successful film; it was a cultural happening,” the America’s Got Talent host tells VH1. “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: A New Beat will begin shooting in the Spring, targeting a Fall 2014 premiere. Are you excited to see a Drumline sequel?

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