There are some mornings when I fire up my news feeds and have to hit refresh because the words I'm reading make no sense together. Today is one of those mornings, with Variety reporting that "The Sopranos: Road to Respect" video game writer Malcolm Spellman is adapting the hit music TV series "Soul Train" for a narrative feature. The article also lists "Dead Presidents" among Spellman's previous credits, though I can't seem to find any evidence of his involvement in that film.
The TV series ran from 1971 to 2006, though Spellman's story is said to be set in the '80s. The protagonist, a Los Angeles native, wants out of the 'hood and his ticket is his gift for "popping", a hip hop dance style that originated in California during the 1970s. The aspiring dancer will pursue some kind of break on a fictional hip hop dance/music tour.
"This guy is a serious popper, with street edge, and he wants to get on that tour, with the hottest of the hot," Spellman told the trade. He'll have help getting this "Train" rolling, with the series' host and producer Don Cornelius producing the adaptation.
I'll admit, I'm a little bummed about this. Why does it have to be the 1980s? I would so much rather see a bellbottoms-laced disco/funk time warp set in the '70s. I suppose hip hop is more relevant to today's audiences, but this funk fan remains wanting.
Excited for a "Soul Train" movie? What era would you prefer to see it set in?