10:52am PT by Lesley Goldberg
New Edition Biopic Set for BET — Without Bobby Brown
BET is ready to sing along with "Candy Girl."
The Viacom-owned cable network has ordered a New Edition miniseries, the network announced Monday.
Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant have signed on to co-produce the film, which is being developed as a three-night mini set to bow in 2016. However, original New Edition member Bobby Brown is not involved in the biopic. (BET and representatives for Brown did not immediately respond to THR's request for comment about his lack of involvement.)
The mini will be written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) and co-produced by the band's longtime manager Brooke Payne. The untitled New Edition project marks BET's first scripted music-focused television movie. Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) will exec produce. Five of the six original New Edition members (save Brown) will co-produce.
The movie will be told through the band's eyes, from their beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between. "We are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one's for you," the band said in a statement.
Bell, Bivins, DeVoe, Gill and Tresvant formed the group with Brown in the late '70s. The group set the stage for the boy-band movement of the '80s with groups like New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys and more.
New Edition is best known for hits "Candy Girl," "Cool It Now," "Mr. Telephone Man" and "All For Love," among others.
Brown has had a colorful history with the group. He was part of its rise to fame and was with the group from its beginning in 1978-1986, before leaving and returning for its 1996-97 run and departing again before returning in 2002.
The group launched its six core members to stardom, with nearly all of them finding success in other groups or as solo performers.