From the ballet barre to the streets and beyond. Now, Step Up is moving into the streaming world.
Variety reported yesterday (June 23) that Step Up co-stars turned husband and wife Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum will act as executive producers on the adaptation. The film franchises’ executive producers, Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Meredith Milton, will also have a hand in the streaming series.
“After five exciting and successful movies, we’re proud to partner with YouTube Red, a major new force on the programming landscape, to adapt the films into an adrenaline-filled original drama series driven by its non-stop energy, spectacular dancing and A-list creative talent,” said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs in a statement, according to Variety.
Since 2006, Step Up has spawned four movie sequels, catapulted the careers of Tatum and Dewar and racked up $650 million worldwide. With the dance community being so strong online and on social media outlets like YouTube, the move comes at the perfect time.
Step Up‘s series adaptation will appear on YouTube Red and production is set to begin in 2017.