With the success of the 2013 record-breaking premiere of CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and the success of last year’s original movie, Drumline: A New Beat. VH1 is looking to continue to create successful original programming and has announced its next movie titled The Breaks. The cast includes “The Wire” stars Mack (Tristan) Wilds, and Wood Harris. The movie is based on Dan Charnas’ nonfiction book The Big Payback: The History Of the Business Of Hip-Hop.
Here is the brief Synopsis [via Deadline]
The Breakschronicles the journey of Nikki (Williamson), David (Call) and DeeVee (Wilds), three friends united by their love of hip-hop as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film is set in 1990 New York City where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and street corners of the still crime-ridden city. Seith Mann (The Wire) writes, directs and executive produces, with Charnas and Maggie Malina also exec producing. Multiple Grammy-winner DJ Premier will compose the score and serve as executive music producer.
The Official Press Release:
NEW YORK, NY (June 1, 2015) – VH1’s next original movie “The Breaks” welcomes actors Wood Harris, Mack (Tristan) Wilds, Afton Williamson, David Call and Antoine Harris to its cast. Based on the book by journalist Dan Charnas’ book “The Big Payback,” a narrative history of the hip-hop business, “The Breaks” is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (“The Wire,” “The Walking Dead,” “Homeland”). Legendary New York music producer DJ Premier will compose the score and serve as executive music producer for “The Breaks,” which will begin production this week and premiere late Fall 2015.
“The Breaks” will chronicle the journey of Nikki, David and DeeVee, three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will travel viewers back to the summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city. But they will all soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.
The hip hop drama is set to premiere fall 2015.
Victoria B. (@unabashedlytori)