Soul Train will be hitting the big screen in the form of a feature film. I know it sounds insane, but according to Variety the television staple will be making its way to theaters and not as a documentary. Warner Bros. will produce and distribute a film version and have already hired a writer to pen the script. More on the movie below.
The studio has hired Michael Spellman to write a screenplay based on the classic TV series that former host and producer Don Cornelius spawned over 30 years ago. According to Spellman the film will take place in the eighties as opposed to the seventies. “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.” The writer is best known for his work on the film Dead Presidents.
The film’s story will center on a kid from the “LA hood”, who’s ticket out is his gift for “popping,” a street dance that became popular in the period. Cornelius told Spellman he’d always wanted to mount a tour with bands and dancers, and the writer will make that fictional tour a centerpiece of the film.”
So, once again we have a minority story that shows the general population that the only way for an inner city youth to escape oppression is through sports, drugs, or dance. As an African American, I get so annoyed with these types of Cinderella stories. In the end they’re always the same. The only difference here will be that the Sooouuuuulll train line will be featured at some point.
What do you think about Soul Train the movie?