Responding to the demands of primarily Nick Cannon, VH1 is rebooting Drumline. Nick Cannon will executive produce and co-star in Drumline: A New Beat, a sequel to the 2002 original that put him on the movie map. A New Beat will take place at a fictional New Orleans university and tell the story of 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.” The character’s attempt to become the first female drumline section leader will be thwarted by both upperclassmen and, since she’s a woman, her romantic feelings for a fellow member. There’s no word on who Cannon will play, but let’s just assume it’ll be some sort of coach or something.
VH1’s Susan Levinson said the network is “excited to revisit that Drumline magic,” and that the network aims 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.”
A New Beat will begin shooting this spring, and should air on the cable network sometime this fall.