By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 16, 2013 at 6:37AM
Acclaimed as an electronic DJ and producer, Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is in talks with 20th Century Fox to develop a new script on a story that centers around three teens who want to get into Diplo's Electronic Music Festival, described as "8 Mile meets Project X."
Though the Grammy-nominated musician is best known for his music--either solo, as part of the group Major Lazer, or working with acts like M.I.A, Beyonce, and No Doubt--Diplo has always maintained a strong interest in film. He studied film at Temple University and told GQ in an interview that he would "love to take a year off to do strictly film work."
He actively dipped in toes in the world of film a years earlier. He produced a documentary released on DVD in 2010. Called "Favela on Blast," Diplo's directorial debut documents the world of music in Brazil's favelas. (Trailer below)
Diplo's world of EDM, or electronic dance music, is fast-growing in power and popularity. As a mainstay and talent in that world with an interest in film, Diplo was a smart consultant to bring on board for one Hollywood's first forays into capturing the appeal of the music on camera.