Following the success of BET’s New Edition miniseries, the television channel’s parent company Viacom is already prepping for another R&B biopic.
During an interview with San Francisco radio station Q102.1, Jodeci member Mr. Dalvin confirmed that a Jodeci biopic was in the works for VH1.
“That’s in the works already,” Mr. Dalvin said. “They started the process last September — we just finished the script and we’re going into production next month, so we’re looking at an end of the year release.”
No other details are offered about the biopic (although in a caption for an Instagram post taken of the interview, Mr. Dalvin does say that casting inquiries will be announced soon, so if you’ve ever wanted to star in a Jodeci biopic now is your chance).
The New Edition miniseries, The New Edition Story, resulted in record ratings for BET. According to a report from Deadline, parts one and three of the miniseries were the network’s highest-rated and most-watched telecasts in five years (since 2012’s Season 5 premiere of The Game).
The New Edition Story was first announced over a year ago.
“From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and The Jackson Five — we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one’s for you,” New Edition had said in a statement.
Tentatively titled Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, the film will focus on the final years of the artist’s life as it is told from the perspective of his trusted bodyguard, Bill Whitefield. The biopic will premiere on Lifetime.