As if seeing multiple posts as you scroll down your Facebook timeline, of the many "street fights" shared from the popular urban culture site, WorldStar Hip Hop isn't enough, reports are now stating that the shock video phenomenon will now be made into a feature film (well....sort of.) Deadline reported on Wednesday August 6 that "WorldStarHipHop is headed from the web to the screen at Paramount Insurge."
Ian Edelman, creator of the HBO comedy series "How to Make it in America," came up with a story idea based on the popular website, and pitched it to Paramount Insurge, an independent distributor of "micro budget" films founded by Paramount in 2010. Deadline reports that Edelman is scripting the project and may even direct the film. Those involved with the project are being very tight-lipped about the plot but, reports state it will be similar in the style to the 1986 Motion Picture, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."
Comedy seems to be Edelman's specialty as "How to Make it in America" is in itself a comedy about a group of young hustler's in New York. How he plans on basing a film off of a string of vicous, near death viral street fights, and birthing it into a comedy remains to be seen. However, he has chosen to bring in an influential source to Hip Hop, as well as Worldstar founder, to make it happen.
Firstshowing.net reports that Paramount Insurge and Edelman are teaming up with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons and Worldstar CEO and founder, Q to bring the film to life. So where does Russell Simmons fit with this movie? Despite the constant clips of girls pulling hair while fighting in the streets and guys showing that they can knock someone out with one punch, Worldstar is also about music, more specifically "Hip Hop," which is right up Simmons' alley.
The site captures some of the best "rap battles and hip hop performances" and is a favorite amongst many lovers of the Hip Hop culture. Simmons is set to produce the film that will shoot this fall in New York City. No word as of now as to who will be cast in the film. But one can only hope that since it's "loosely" based around Hip Hop culture, maybe we can expect some guest appearances in the film from big name artist and an amazing soundtrack.