There are a flurry of new dance movies coming out in the next couple of years. Footloose has been on the books for a few months now; Fame comes out in a little awhile as well; and just recently we got word of a Dirty Dancing remake in the works. This summer, Dance Flick tried it's best to make fun of all the dance films that came before it, and to some degree it succeeded.
Now comes the news from Variety that Warner Bros. has hired Malcolm Spellman to pen a script for the ultra-cool, highly popular, TV show Soul Train. That's right, grab your platform shoes, pull out your 8-tracks, and put on your coolest outfit because it's time to get on board the SOUUUUL TRAIN! Don Cornelius, the man with the smooth deep voice of cool, will produce along side with Darryl Porter (Dead Presidents) and Aaron Geller.
Spellman has quite the catalog to pull from because Soul Train was on TV for 35 years, running from 1971 - 2006, however, he has said the film will be set in the 80's. Said Spellman:
"All of the hip-hop street dances you see today were born during that time period and were first seen on that show, and I remember doing all of them when I was a kid."
Spellman says the story will revolve around a young man with penchant for the dance style "popping," using his skill to pull himself out of a bad L.A. neighborhood while trying to join the Soul Train national tour. The story is not new or fresh; young urban kids trying to use their talent to better themselves have been done to death, and the whole feel is very Hairspray with a hefty helping of funk/soul. Spellman added:
"This guy is a serious popper, with street edge, and he wants to get on that tour, with the hottest of the hot. Writing with Don involved is quite an experience. He's still the godfather of cool."
Now comes my favorite part: the music. I so can't wait for the soundtrack for this film. Soul Train was always known for its fantastic selection of live performers and its extremely gorgeous (read: scantily clad) female dancers. I can't dance, but damn if I didn't just want to go there and watch (and yes I know it sounds creepy). This would be a great opportunity to bring back some 80's funk from Prince, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, and of course, Michael Jackson.
What do you think about a Soul Train movie? Is it worth the time and effort to put a movie like this out? Or are you just getting plain sick and tired of TV show adaptations?
No release date for Soul Train has been announced, but until then, as Don Cornelius would say "... you can bet your last money, it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey! ... and as always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!"
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