Russell Simmons, Paramount team up to make WorldStarHipHop movie

By Will Ashton,

In some rather unexpected Hollywood news, it appears that the new-found legacy of WorldStarHipHop will be telling its story on the big screen, thanks to Paramount Insurge and producer Russell Simmons, among other producers of course.

Deadline reveals that Ian Edelman, the creator of the short-lived HBO series How to Make It in America, came up with the pitch for the subset Paramount company. He will now be writing and possibly directing the upcoming movie.

At the moment, any and all plot details are being kept under the radar, but Deadline says that the movie is being described as having a similar tone to Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

Site founder Lee "Q" O'Denat, along with Douglas Banker and Trevor Engelson, are among the movie's producers alongside Simmons. They hope to begin filming the movie in the fall in New York City.

WorldStarHipHop has been described as the "CNN of the ghetto," hosting a variety of different videos of fights, hip hop performances, and a variety of different videos caught on video cameras and phones across the country. The movie will be loosely based on the site and its videos, which tells about as little as one would expect about this new movie. Plus, Slashfilm makes a good point in wondering just how is this movie going to make money off of entertainment that is already readily free to begin with?

That seems to be the question that Simmons, Q, and Edelman have already found an answer for and they will be telling us whenever the movie hits theaters.

Image courtesy of INFphoto.com

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