Xscape Signs Biopic Deal With Bravo – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire ever since Xscape announced this summer they were getting back together, these ladies haven't touched the ground yet. So much is going on for these diva's, it's not even funny. The group got back together just in time for the 25th anniversary of their debut album Hummin Comin’ At Cha. The LP dropped October 12, 1993, featuring the group's biggest it, “Just Kickin’ It.” To celebrate, Kandi Burruss, Tameka “Tiny” Harris and sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott are preppin' for their first full-fledged tour in decades.
Beginning November 22, 2017 Xscape will headline The Great Xscape Tour, featuring Tamar Braxton, Monica, and Tiny's daughter Zonnique. Also making their first major road trip, June's Diary, will take to the stage too. Not familiar? They're the winners of the BET singing reality competition produced by Kelly Rowland and Frank Gatson Jr., Chasing Destiny. Xscapes big tour will blow through 22-cities stopping off to Houston's Toyota Center on December 27, and the N.O.'s Smoothie King Center December 28. The tour wraps up January 6, in L.A.
If that's not enough, the girl supergroup debuted their reality series on Bravo last week!
Yasss! Their new reality series, Xscape Still Kickin’ It, documents how they were able to overcome their differences and get back together. Fans also get a behind the scenes look at the preparations and behind the scenes tea on their upcoming tour. Last but certainly not least, these ladies are also working on a biopic TV movie. Inspired by the New Edition Story, they felt it was time to tell the world their story.
They got one problem, TVOne. The LATimes reports the network and the group have been at odds over who has the right to tell their story. TVONE decided to produce a biopic on the famous girl group, after the history making success of airing the history about their break-up on Unsung.
This Xscape episode aired on Unsung, in 2015 and brought TVOne their biggest ratings in the series 9 season history. At the height of their career, Xscape disbanded in 1998. Everyone wanted to know why, which is why their episode was the most watched installments the network ever aired. Looking for a repeat of that success, TVOne announced, Who Can I Run To: The Xscape Story, biopic was in the works. Plus the man who signed the group in 1991, So So Def mogul Jermaine Dupri, had signed on to producer of the project. The Times reports when the ladies found out and no one had reached out them to participate they were pissed. It's been a major problem ever since. At last word, the network is still on course to air their unauthorized version sometime in 2018.
Ironically, Xscape is also planning to do a biopic about their lives. Multiple networks have expressed interest in the docuseries, and last week they made their decision. TMZ reports the famous 90's group just inked a deal with Bravo and Love & Hip Hop franchise guru, Mona Scott Young, to co-produce the project. Be on the lookout, their TV movie is also expected to air sometime in 2018. As for their feelings about TVOne's project, the ladies released the following statement:
We are excited to join forces with Mona Scott-Young and Monami Entertainment to bring the real Xscape story to the world. This partnership will allow us to tell our story about our lives the way we lived it.
It’s our truth about the rise, the fall, and the return of Xscape. We feel the recent announcement of an unauthorized biopic on our lives is disrespectful and disappointing. We are not, in any way, participating in that project and it will never ‘represent’ our true story.
That is that. I will keep you posted with any new details. In the meantime, caught Xscape on the tour! For all things entertainment, tune into Tha Wire every weekday on The People's Station 107 Jamz.