Producers are “Straight Outta Compton” producer Matt Alvarez, Lena Waithe (“Master of None” series regular) and Benjamin Cory Jones.
Stone will direct “Ain’t No Half Steppin” from a script by Chuck Hayward, who currently writes for Cooper Barrett’s “Guide to Surviving Life” on Fox. The story centers on an ambitious black sorority girl who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross culture lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked.
Broad Green announced last month that Alvarez joined the studio’s development and production team in an exclusive production pact.
“Much like he did with ‘Drumline,’ Charles does an incredible job of bringing subcultures into the mainstream and we are excited to see him do the same thing with ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin,’” said Alvarez.
Stone said, “I just skimmed the surface of black Greek life in ‘Drumline.’ ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin’ gives me a chance to delve deep into the art of competitive stepping.”
Stone’s credits include “Lila and Eve,” “Mr. 3000” and “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.”
Josh Reinhold will oversee the project on behalf of Matt Alvarez’ production company, while Lauren McCarthy will oversee the project on behalf of Broad Green Pictures.
“Drumline,” starring Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana and Orlando Jones, was a solid performer at the box office with $57 million.
The deal was brokered on behalf of Stone, Waithe and Jones by Paradigm. Hayward is represented by APA, Heroes & Villains, and Ginsburg Daniels, LLP. Christopher Tricarico handled for Broad Green.
Waithe is managed by Andrew Coles at Mission Entertainment and Stone is managed by Tom Lassally at 3 Arts. Jones is represented by CAA and managed by Michael Kolodny at Fineman Entertainment.