Netflix snaps up Chuck Hayward’s Step Sisters
VOD News | On 10, Nov 2017
Netflix has snapped up the worldwide rights to Chuck Hayward’s Step Sisters.
Hayward, who wrote several episodes of Netflix’s Dead White People TV series, is reuniting with the streaming giant for the sorority comedy.
The film started out at Broad Green Pictures way back in 2015, when it was called Ain’t No Half Steppin’. It was originally slated for a release in March 2018, but Broad Green announced this summer that it was shuttering its production arm, putting dozens of development projects into limbo, as its filmmakers looked elsewhere for a home.
Now, Netflix has boarded the project, planning to launch it in January 2018, as part of a deal with producer Los Angeles Media Fund. It will not, however, have a theatrical release.
The film stars Megalyn Echikunwoke as Jamilah Bisho, an ambitious Theta sister, who is headed to Harvard Law. All she needs is her dean’s endorsement, but in exchange, she must teach a hard-partying white sorority the exclusive art of black stepping. Echikunwoke is joined by Lyndon Smith, Eden Sher, Alessandra Torresani, Marque Richardson, Matt McGory and Naturi Naughton.
The film is produced by Jeffrey Soros, Simon Horsman, Ben Cory Jones, Lena Waithe and Matt Alvarez, with Charles Stone III directing.