News: Lil Wayne's "Hurricane" To Storm Into Theaters, Movie Receives Financial Backing
Friday, Sep 4, 2009 4:45PM
Lil Wayne's Hurricane Season film, which co-stars Forest Whitaker and Bow Wow, will reportedly be headed to the big screen after suffering multiple delays and budget difficulties.
According to reports, the film will now receive financial backing and avoid a straight-to-video release.
Back in June we exclusively reported that Hurricane Season, the basketball film starring Bow Wow, Forest Whitaker and Lil Wayne was being shelved by the Weinstein Company because the film studio could not afford to market and distribute it. At that time, The Weinstein's were facing dire financial hardship and had invested a big part of their theatrical marketing spend in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. If Tarantino's film failed, films like Hurricane Season would go from shelved to sold off in a matter of months, Inglorious Basterds will turn a profit as it already has grossed over $140 million world-wide and cost $70 million to make. So what does this mean for Hurricane Season? It means The Weinsteins will have replenished funds to release and market a select few of their upcoming titles and we have the exclusive drop that Hurricane Season is one of them that will be resurrected. (New Lil Wayne)
Despite an all-star cast of actors, the movie's budget was reportedly in the red.
Our sources here in Hollywood are telling us that the studio that owns the marketing and distribution rights to Hurricane Season literally has run out of money and will not be able to release it anytime soon. The studio is the Weinstein Company, and it all makes sense since it's very public knowledge that they are going through big-time financial issues. Hurricane Season finished filming in mid 2008 and was set for a late 2008/early 2009 release date. Instead, it has been pushed back indefinitely. So what does this all mean? Well you won't be seeing Wayne playing a high school kid or Bow Wow playing a basketball player anytime soon. Either that or the producers try and buy back the rights so they can sell them to another studio -- or it ends up going straight-to-DVD 50 Cent style. (WoooHa)
Weezy recently reflected upon his on-screen time alongside Whitaker in the film.
"I just finished shooting a movie with Forest too," he said in an interview. "He's a very serious guy. I just spoke to him before he went out there, and he was like, 'You did good in the movie.' Then he goes out there and sings that. I'm like, 'Wow.' Everything was wonderful and just doing it in New Orleans, it being a true story and just contributing in any kind of way, it was great for me." (MTV)
The movie, which began filming last year, co-stars many well-known actors.
Wayne will be joining notable actors including Forest Whitaker, Isaiah Washington and Taraji P. Henson. Aside from sharing screen with those thespians, Wayne will also team up with Bow Wow in film. He has been set to portray an high school student by the name of "Lamont" who is doubtful of what the new basketball team could achieve. (Ace Showbiz)
Check out Lil Wayne speaking on the film below: