It’s been a long time since the last Drumline. I mean, Nick Cannon was a fresh-faced teenager back then. It didn’t pick up where the original 2002 feature film left off. According to director Bille Woodruff, the VH1 original movie put a new spin on the story of the Atlanta A&T University drumline, with stepped up routines, a gay love story and a female lead.
“The story will be different because it’s about a girl, a female coming into this world that many people think of as being more male driven, and trying to get respect,” Woodruff said.
“A New Beat,” which aired Monday night on VH1, stars Alexandra Shipp as Danielle “Dani” Raymond, an ambitious Brooklyn girl who defies her parents, and sets off for the fictional, historically black A&T, in hopes of becoming the school’s first female drum section leader. Woodruff says Dani’s groundbreaking quest is one of several things that set the sequel apart.
“We have new routines and the new things that have evolved in the world of drumlines and the performances.”
But, after the movie premiered on TV social media went crazy!!
The Twitter hashtag #Drumline2 continued trending into the night, long after the film had ended, and it was almost unanimously fueled by hate-filled and mocking posts. Nick Cannon, who starred as college student Devon Miles in the original, returned for a brief appearance in an otherwise wholly new story.
Like “Sharknado” before it, “Drumline 2” has become a social media sensation, but wherease the Syfy original movie embraced its campiness, one gets the impression that the creative team behind “Drumline: A New Beat” was hoping to make a movie that people actually enjoyed.
There’s so-bad-it’s-good and then there’s just bad. And while “Sharknado’s” massive social media rating and pop culture buzz earned it an even campier sequel, @RevrendDoctor was quick to clarify that’s not what we want here, tweeting:
“Dear @VH1 and makers of #Drumline2: please don’t mistake our watching this as us wanting a #Drumline3. We were bored and wanted family time.”
Gumbumpers, if you saw it tell us your thoughts…