Republic Records, home to Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine and others, has teamed with IM Global to co-finance and produce films. First up: Rollin’ Thunder, a Bille Woodruff-directed urban comedy about a bowling champ-turned-ex-con who wants to get back on top and mend his relationship with his teen daughter. The Atlanta-set pic will have a major musical component and starts production this summer. It’s inspired by the artist Nelly and America’s Got Talent emcee Nick Cannon. Script is written by Kenny Smith, who is repped by APA and Circle of Confusion.
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