New Edition Biopic Moving Forward Without Bobby Brown
Legendary R&B group New Edition will follow N.W.A's lead on the biopic tip thanks to BET. The network announced that an original miniseries about the ‘90s quintet is in the works.
According to a press release, members of the Boston-area group -- Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe and Johnny Gill -- have all signed on as co-producers of the film, which is set to premiere in 2016. Strangely, Bobby Brown is not on board for the project. However, that doesn't mean that his story won't be highlighted in the series.
“It's been a long time coming and that time is finally here! Now that we have signed the deal, New Edition's journey will be captured in a three night miniseries to tell our life story through our very own eyes," said New Edition. "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."
Real Husbands of Hollywood producer Jesse Collins will executive produce the movie with a script penned by Abdul Williams ("Lottery Ticket"). A director has not been named yet.
“New Edition’s music is woven into the fabric of our culture. When I brought the idea to BET years ago, I wanted to create a film that would tell the story of how New Edition emerged into one of the most important groups of its generation," said Collins. "I am so grateful that Stephen Hill and his team are giving Jesse Collins Entertainment the opportunity to chronicle the lives of these music icons."
Before there was Boyz II Men or even One Direction, there was New Edition. The group's chart-topping hits include "Candy Girl," "Cool It Now," "If It Isn't Love," "Can You Stand the Rain" and "One More Day."
New Edition also had a tumultuous history behind the scenes with well-known member Bobby Brown leaving the group. Several members also had successful solo careers, most notably Bell Biv DeVoe.