News: "ATL" Director Talks Possible Sequel W/ T.I., "If The Fans Wanted It Enough"
Sunday, Oct 25, 2009 11:00AM
Film director Chris Robinson has addressed recent rumors surrounding a possible sequel to T.I.'s 2006 film, ATL, and what the storyline would likely be if it went into production.
Calling the rumors merely gossip, Robinson said the film "could" go into motion at the fans' request.
"I heard that rumor, but as far as I know, that's just a rumor," he said about an ATL 2. " We all joked about doing an ATL 2, and how down T.I.'s character would be running the comic section of the newspaper and what the twins would be doing. But you never know. If the fans wanted it enough, there would definitely be a sequel. I am dedicated to the art of storytelling, and my next film is called LAX. First was ATL, now it's LAX. It's about six stories that connect six different people from all different walks of life. My goal is LAX next, and then B-more, where I'm from. So I can close that trilogy of stories where the cities are a character in it. We're going to shoot that at the end of the year." (Rap-Up)
The film featured a variety of hip-hop artists and video vixen including Lauren London.
ATL is a 2006 American comedy-drama film, and the feature film directorial debut of music video director Chris Robinson. The screenplay was written by Tina Gordon Chism from an original story by Antwone Fisher, and is loosely based on the experiences of the film's producers Dallas Austin and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins (of the R&B group TLC) growing up in Atlanta, Georgia. The film is a coming-of-age tale concerning Rashad, played by rap artist T.I. in his film debut, and his friends in their final year in high school and on the verge of adulthood. The film also stars Antwan Andre Patton, aka Big Boi of the rap group OutKast, Evan Ross, Jackie Long, Lauren London and Mykelti Williamson. (Wikipedia)
Tip, who is currently serving a 366-day jail sentence, was recently given an update by his long-time girlfriend Tameka "Tiny" Cottle.
"I talk to him about a little of everything, just things going on," she said in an interview. "He hears things and we talk about it. He wants me to stay out the way, me being out of harm's way. I know it's a lot of crazy things going on so I try to stay in as much as possible because I don't have him here. So I come out only when it's necessary. I stay out the way...He's doing good. He's passing the time by working out and just doing things they do inside, you know," she stated. He's playing handball and things like that. I go see him every Sunday, sometimes on Mondays. We talk everyday. He gets emails, working out and doing things like that so he's busy in there. He has a full schedule." (All Hip Hop)
In a separate interview earlier this year, Tiny explained the role Tip's agent plays in visits.
"I see him every weekend," Tiny revealed in a July interview. "Like I go every weekend. Normally, if I go, I leave on Sunday and go visit him Sunday and Monday. I go two days. He's still saying [don't bring the kids.] I spoke about it just when I was there recently, well, actually somebody else was there, his agent. His agent was there asking about the kids and saying that he prefers them not to be there." (Atlanta's V-103)
Tip is currently scheduled to be released from prison in 2010.
Check out Tiny's update on T.I. below: