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Charles Stone III Set To Direct TLC Biopic Now Officially Titled 'Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
February 19, 2013 3:56 PM
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Confirming what we've already reported, but adding a couple of facts that we didn't know before - specifically, the film, previously untitled, will be called Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story; and secondly, Charles Stone III (Drumline, Paid in Full, Mr. 3000) is set to direct the biopic, which is penned by screenwriter Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got To Do With It, Set it Off, Beauty Shop).

The film is slated to begin shooting next month in Atlanta.

The rest of the story, specifically, casting of the 3 leads (which we already reported on), follows below via press release from VH1....

VH1 “DIGGIN’ ON” A CAST FOR THE NETWORK’S UPCOMING BIOPIC, “CRAZY, SEXY, COOL: THE TLC STORY”

KEKE PALMER, LIL MAMA, AND DREW SIDORA TO STAR AS ROZONDA “CHILLI” THOMAS, LISA “LEFT EYE” LOPES, AND TIONNE “T-BOZ” WATKINS

CHARLES STONE III SET TO DIRECT; PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY WILL COMMENCE MARCH 2013 IN ATLANTA

SANTA MONICA, CA – FEBRUARY 18, 2013 – VH1 has cast the iconic roles of superstars Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, for a full-length TV movie based on the life and career of R&B/hip-hop/pop group TLC.

In the film, titled “Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story,” KeKe Palmer (“Akeela & The Bee,” “True Jackson VP,” “Joyful Noise”) will portray Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Lil Mama (“America’s Best Dance Crew”) will take on the role of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Drew Sidora (“Step Up,” “Wild Hogs,” “The Game”) has been cast as Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins.

Charles Stone III (“Drumline,” “Paid in Full,” “Mr. 3000”) is set to direct the biopic, which is penned by screenwriter Kate Lanier (“What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Set it Off,” “Beauty Shop”). The film is slated to begin shooting next month in Atlanta.

VH1’s TLC project is part of the network’s successful push into scripted programming which will include the premiere of new scripted series “Bounce” (working title) later this year.

“With this cast, we are thrilled with the talent assembled both in front of and behind the cameras,” stated Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President,Original Programming and Production, VH1. ”TLC are truly music pioneers and this movie is a fantastic way to expand our scripted push by combining our audience’s passion for music with their love of story. We know our viewers will be eager to go beyond the headlines and into the surprisingly personal, never before told stories of these groundbreaking women.”

TLC’s humble beginnings in Atlanta quickly led to an unprecedented rise to fame in the 1990’s as one of the world’s most talented, celebrated and highest-selling female groups of all time. Through very public and high profile success, turmoil and tragedy, TLC left an indelible stamp of female empowerment that changed the face of the music industry forever.

The two surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, have signed on as consultants and executive producers for the movie. Executive producing the TLC biopic are Bill Diggins and Maggie Malina. Jeff Olde and Jill Holmes serve as executive producers for VH1. Alexander A. Motlagh also serves as executive producer for Pop Films.

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2 Comments

  • ALM | February 21, 2013 5:01 PMReply

    The project is shaping up well. I hope it comes out great.

  • CareyCarey | February 20, 2013 9:29 AMReply

    After reading this new information I am reminded of the song "Can This Be Real". It goes something like "I've had money, cars, expensive girls in bars and I've always had my own song to sing. Oh, but you came along changed the sound of my song and I never, ever
    felt like this before. Tell me, can this be real, this love I feel, in my heart for you baby. Oh, can it really be true."

    I am suggesting that with the addition of Charles Stone III, this project has "thoroughly entertaining" written all over it. The puzzle is now complete.

    Chilli and T-Boz, have signed on as consultants. Check! (I'm thinking of the benefits of having Ray Charles and Tina Turner involved in their movies)

    Writer Kate Lanier "What’s Love Got To Do With It" "Set it Off". Check!

    Director Charles Stone III, "Paid In Full". Check! ( Thoroughly engaging film. The acting, "extras", editing, directing, cinematography, tone, pace... clicked on all cylinders)

    Beyond the headlines and into the surprisingly personal, never before told stories of these groundbreaking women. CHECK!

    Keke Palmer can act. CHECK!

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