Nick Cannon is going to “School Dance,” coming on board to direct and produce the coming of age comedy for Lionsgate.
Pic, co-written by Cannon and Nile Evans, will go into production in June. Cannon and Michael Goldman are producing through NCredible Entertainment and the film is expected to star NCredible musical acts New Boyz and The Rangers.
The comedy, in the vein of “Friday” and “House Party,” centers on a high school freshman who wants to be part of the most popular dance clique in his school — but he tends to freeze in the spotlight and has no clue how he’s going to pass the initiation.
Project marks Cannon’s feature film directing debut. He has previously directed TV films for Nickelodeon, including “School Gyrls” and “A Very School Gyrls Holla-Day.” Cannon acted in “Drumline,” “Roll Bounce” and “Love Don’t Mean a Thing.” The multi-hyphenate became chairman of TeenNick in 2009. Cannon is represented by ICM.