Republic Records and independent film and television studio IM Global have announced a multi-picture co-financing and co-production relationship for a series of music-driven titles. The movies will be supported by soundtracks, music videos and fan-driven social media. Under the deal, which was brokered by IM Global Music president David Schulhof, the inaugural feature is scheduled to be an urban comedy set in Atlanta.
Titled Rollin' Thunder, Republic and IM Global's first collaboration centers on a former bowling champ-turned ex-con who enters a bowling tournament on a journey to make amends with a local tycoon along with his estranged teenage daughter. The movie will be directed by Bille Woodruff (Beauty Shop, Addicted) and produced by Schulhof, Republic founder/CEO Monte Lipman, IM Global's Matt Jackson and co-produced by Nelly and Nick Cannon. Production begins this summer.