Five of the group’s members, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant, will reunite for the three-night miniseries premiering in 2016. All five will co-produce the untitled project.
New Edition founding member Bobby Brown was not mentioned in the release announcing the biopic on Monday. The group has broken up and reunited several times since its inception in 1978. Brown left their tour early when the the six members rebanded last year.
Jesse Collins Entertainment is exec producing the original miniseries, which will mark BET’s first scripted music-focused TV movie. New Edition’s longtime manager Brooke Payne will also serve as a co-producer. Abdul Williams (“Lottery Ticket”) wrote the script. A director has not yet been selected.
“From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like the Temptations and the Jackson 5, we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here,” New Edition said in a statement.
Collins (“Real Husbands of Hollywood”) said 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,” he said.