Nick To Co-Produce Film "Rollin' Thunder" Beside Real Husbands Co-Star Nelly

Republic Records and IM Global have launched a multiple picture co-financing and co-production deal for music-driven feature film titles. The first movie under the deal will be urban comedy “Rollin’ Thunder” to be directed by Bille Woodruff, produced by IM Global Music chief David Schulhof, Republic’s Monte Lipman and IM Global’s Matt Jackson, and co-produced by hip-hop artist Nelly and actor-comedian Nick Cannon. The story centers on a bowling champ-turned-ex-con who sees in a bowling tournament a chance to get back in the game, prove his innocence to the tycoon who owns Atlanta’s biggest bowling alley, and mend his relationship with his estranged teenage daughter. The film will be set amid the Atlanta hip-hop scene, contain a major musical component and is scheduled to go into production this summer.