Drumline helmer Charles Stone has boarded Broad Green’s Ain’t No Half Steppin, an upbeat comedy from screenwriter Chuck Hayward (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life). Matt Alvarez (Straight Outta Compton, Ride Along), Lena Waithe (Master of None, Dear White People) and Benjamin Cory Jones (Hand of God) are producing. Alvarez recently joined Broad Green’s development and production team in an exclusive pact.
Ain’t No Half Steppin follows an ambitious black sorority girl who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross culture lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of wild, Kardashian-obsessed white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked.
“I just skimmed the surface of black Greek life in Drumline,” Stone said in a statement. “Ain’t No Half Steppin gives me a chance to delve deep into the art of competitive stepping. Chuck and the producing team have put together a brilliant, smart comedy, which audaciously explores the dynamics and identity politics within black and white sororities.”
Released in 2002, Drumline starred Nick Cannon as a hot high school drummer who blazes through the university big leagues. It grossed $56.4M at the domestic B.O. off a $20M estimated budget and spawned a 2014 VH1 sequel, Drumline: A New Beat.
Josh Reinhold is overseeing Ain’t No Half Steppin at Alvarez’s company, with Lauren McCarthy handling from the Broad Green side. The deal was brokered on behalf of Stone, Waithe and Jones by Paradigm. Christopher Tricarico, EVP Business & Legal Affairs and General Counsel, also handled for Broad Green. Hayward is repped by APA, Heroes & Villains and Ginsburg Daniels. Waithe is with Paradigm, Mission Entertainment and Gordon Bobb. Stone is with 3Arts, Paradigm and Loeb & Loeb. Jones is represented by CAA and Fineman Entertainment.