Rollin’ Thunder is a comedy about a bowling champ-turned-ex-con who sees in a city-wide bowling tournament the chance to get back in the game, prove his innocence to the tycoon who owns Atlanta’s biggest bowling alley, and mend bridges with his estranged teenaged daughter. Kenny Smith Jr, who writes and directs BET’s series The Game, is penning the screenplay, and the film will have a major musical element as its set in hip-hop hub Atlanta. Federal Films’ David Schulhof and Monte Lipman are also producing — Lipman is head of Universal Republic Records, which will handle the soundtrack like it did for The Hunger Games. Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray’s Maven just came off selling its latest pic Imogene to Lionsgate and Roadside at the Toronto Film Festival. Smith is repped by Gersh, NWE and attorney Rick Genow.
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