WorldStarHipHop: The Movie Coming From Paramount

WorldStarHipHop: The Movie Coming From Paramount


Self-described "CNN of the ghetto" lands a feature film spin-off

It's seen by nearly 30 million pairs of eyes a month on PCs, smartphones and mobile screens, but now Paramount Pictures has made a deal to let fans of experience the infamous shock-site in a whole new way: In movie theaters.

Founded in 2005 and called "the CNN of the ghetto" by its outspoken founder Lee "Q WorldStar" O'Denat, WorldStarHipHop (WSHH) is a video-focused content aggregation site that gained popularity mainly through sharing viral videos of surreptitiously-recorded street-fights, pranks, stunts, injuries, public sex-acts and other "shock-site" material. While most of its content is culled from users in urban American neighborhoods, the site also hosts music videos, "challenges" and (more recently) licensed advertising.

While it has been heavily criticized by social activists as profiting from the spread of content that reinforces negative stereotypes of the American inner-city and young African American men in particular, the site has become so ubiquitous in popular-culture that it's not uncommon for would-be viral-videographers to shout "World Star!" during filming in hopes of seeing their work posted to the site (or to see parodies of the same).

The plot/premise of the film (set to be produced by O'Denat, Def Jam's Russell Simmons and others) is being kept secret, but is said to resemble Ferris Bueller's Day Off tonally. Insurge, Paramount Pictures' low-budget arm, is looking to shoot the film in New York City in fall of this year.

Source: Deadline Hollywood


Are you serious? The site that posts ghetto beat downs and freak outs gets a movie?

I know Guardians of the Galaxy made it cool to make a movie out of anything, but come on.

I already know what the plot is going to be, 2 hookers get into a fight in a late night denny's because one of them is stealing competition. The camera and director continuously yell "WORLD STAR" and it ends. Bonus points if someone starts throwing money and their boyfriends are there.

10/10 best story.

Come on, the site is pretty much where you go to see people fight in the ghetto. Or some drama. Or music videos. On second thought, it might be the new MTV.

How can you make a movie out of a website?

Oh right, facebook. Right.

This is pretty high up there on my "disgusted with society" chart. The founder might believe he's showing people reality but he's mostly just profiting off of people's worst voyeuristic instincts.

But Ferris Bueller's Day Off is the touchstone for this? How the hell does that mesh with street fights and voyeurism?

Real nigga shit.

No fuccbois allowed.


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