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Fox is Developing an EDM Movie with DJ, Producer Diplo

Thompson on Hollywood 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."
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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.

This article is related to: 20th Century Fox, Musical


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.