VH1 has found their niche for producing original series it seems (Hit the Floor, Barely Famous). Now the network is preparing to film The Breaks, a show based on the TV movie VH1 released earlier this year starring Mack Wilds, Wood Harris and Afton Williamson.
The movie showcased three young creatives making their way through Hip-Hop at the top of the golden age and the series will carry over the original cast, with them continuing their grind in New York City.
Sinqua Walls has been added to The Breaks cast — in case you’ve been missing him as “Shawn” on Power — but go ahead and put aside all your preconceptions of him. The general consensus is that his character on the Starz smash was a simp but Walls will be playing a whole new role here as a “charming and ambitious tour manager.”
Melonie Diaz, of Fruitvale Station will be playing a “writer for a hip NY weekly” and Ali Ahn (Billions) has been cast as “the Art Director at Fouray Management, a rocker chick and free spirit.”
Inspired by Dan Charnas’ book The Big Payback, a narrative history of the hip-hop business, The Breaks is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire, The Walking Dead, Homeland) with a story by Mann and Charnas. John J. Strauss (Mozart in the Jungle) is joining as executive producer for the series. The film followed three young friends fulfilling their hip hop dreams in New York City in 1990. The series will continue to explore their triumph and heartbreak trying to make their mark in a new and complex hip hop culture.
We need this to drop ASAP.