YouTube Nabs Joseph Kahn-Directed 'Bodied'

Bodied - STILL 1 - TIFF PUBLICITY - H 2017
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Eminem produced the feature that was written by Toronto rapper Alex Larsen.

YouTube has picked up Bodied from prolific music video director Joseph Kahn.

The satire will bow on YouTube Red, the Google-owned streamer's $10-per-month subscription service, in 2018 following a theatrical release. 

Bodied follows Adam (Calum Worthy), a white, purportedly progressive graduate student who infiltrates a community of diverse battle rappers for the sake of an edgy thesis. Before long he develops his own predilection for skilfully slinging rhymed insults and epithets as a competitive poet.

Eminem, who starred in a movie based on his own life as a young rapper in 8 Mile, produced the feature that was written by Toronto rapper Alex Larsen.

Worthy leads a cast that  includes Jackie Long, Charlamagne Tha God and Anthony Michael Hall.  

Paul Rosenberg, Adi Shankar and Jil Hardin also produced, with David Kang, Bob Abramoff and Justin Smith acting as executive producers.

Bodied had its world premiere in the Midnight Madness section of TIFF, where it became one of the most controversial films at the festival. YouTube will host a sneak peek screening of the film at the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 21, preceded by a public reception with Kahn.

YouTube has started to acquire a handful of film projects, including Nick Cannon's King of the Dancehall and documentaries Kedi and G-Funk. It also acquired Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me sequel during TIFF but subsequently dropped the project following the filmmaker's admission of sexual misconduct.