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'Soul Train' is becoming the latest TV series to make the leap to the big screen. The movie will be set in the 1980s, with a hip-hop popper as the hero of the story.

One of TV's longest-running music shows will finally make the leap to the big screen.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. Films has hired writer Malcolm Spellman to pen a feature based around the highly danceable program "Soul Train."

The movie will be produced with the participation of "Soul Train's" host and brain trust, Don Cornelius, who made headlines in 2008 after his arrest on domestic violence charges.

The film will be set in the '80s. ("Soul Train" ran from 1971 to 2006).

"All the hip-hop street dances you see today were born during that time period and were first seen on that show," said Spellman, whose screenwriting credits include "Dead Presidents." "I remember doing all of them when I was a kid."

The lead character comes from the ghetto of L.A. His escape comes through his talent for "popping," a street dance that became popular during the '80s.

"This guy is a serious popper, with street edge, and he wants to get on that tour, with the hottest of the hot," Spellman said. "Writing with Don (Cornelius) involved is quite an experience. He's still the godfather of cool."

Added by: Watcher, 20/May/24 | Comments: 1
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