The VH1 made for television movie “The Breaks” was such a success that Viacom owned network channel picked up the drama hip hop movie to be turned into a series.
‘The Breaks’, which started out as a TV movie/back-door pilot, is based on Dan Charnas’ best-selling book The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. The book is considered one of the most comprehensive accounts of the history and business of hip-hop. Charnas documented the rise of the genre as a writer for The Source, the first rap magazine, and is a former record executive. His book spans 40 years of stories and was culled from more than 300 interviews with execs, entrepreneurs, hustlers and handlers.
The Breaks aired on VH1 in January and currently ranks as the No. 2 cable original movie of the year garnering 2.6 million viewers on that premiere date.
The movie chronicles the journey of Nikki, David and DeeVee, three friends from different walks of life, who share the love of hip hop music & the culture, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film’s backdrop started in summer 1990 in New York, where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city.
Wood Harris (The Wire), Mack (Tristan) Wilds (90210), Afton Williamson (Banshee), David Call (Gossip Girl), Antoine Harris (Ballers) and Method Man starred in the TV movie. Most of the cast are expected to return for the VH1 series.
“The Breaks’ is VH1 at its best, intersecting ’90s nostalgia with hip-hop for the masses,” VH1 GM Chris McCarthy said. “Both the viewers and critics have spoken, and we couldn’t be happier to continue telling the story that has already connected with millions of pop culture fans.”