Ludacris’ monster success within Hollywood has opened the doors for bigtime opportunities inside the film industry. For his next trick, he’s assuming the title of executive producer alongside Ryan Seacrest and TV veteran Nina Wass for a developing CBS Atlanta gang drama.
In August 2014, Ryan Seacrest Productions signed a two-year deal with CBS TV Studios to not only helm the broadcast department but streaming services as well. The CBS Atlanta gang drama reportedly titled The Down Beat, appears to be the first strike of iron in the deal.
Variety reports that the show will follow “the inspiring story of a former business mogul on a warpath for personal retribution who is determined to take down two warring gangs in the mean streets of Atlanta by offering possible teen recruits an unlikely refuge with a high school marching band.” Although he won’t be doing any writing, Ludacris will obviously lend a much-needed dose of street cred to the series in order to prevent a Black Twitter derailment.
The year has been especially kind for Ludacris (real name Christopher Bridges) who not only released his first studio album in five years with Ludaversal in March, but also was part of the fifth-highest-grossing film of all time this past April with the release of Furious 7.