T.I., Lil Kim and Paul Wall Are Big Screen Bound

 Moviegoers can expect to see Atlantic recording artists like T.I., Lil Kim, Little Brother and Paul Wall, among others, gracing big screens in the near future thanks, in part, to the label's recent deal with Melee Entertainment.

Melee, which was founded by Priority Records founder Bryan Turner, has inked a deal with Atlantic to develop feature films starring Atlantic artists. Melee has already produced blockbuster hits like "Friday" and "You Got Served." Under the terms of the deal, Atlantic will provide financial backing and market soundtracks which accompany the films.

"This exciting new deal with Bryan Turner and Melee is a logical and important expansion of our mission to develop true multimedia stars, and to aggressively explore every avenue of exposure for our artists," said Atlantic Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman via a statement. "There is a rich history of musicians who have proven to be gifted and charismatic performers on screen as well as on record, and we believe that the transition from music to movies will be a natural move for many of our artists."

Although it was not confirmed at press time if it was part of the aforementioned deal, Paul will have supporting role in the horror thriller "The Furnace" which Melee will release next year. Ja Rule and Tom Sizemore (Black Hawk Down) will also co-star in the film.

"Craig Kallman, Julie Greenwald, and the whole Atlantic team recognize the value of multimedia exposure for their developing as well as their established artists," added Turner. "We are very excited to be joining forces with such a forward-thinking group of people who are focused on the big picture."

In related news, T.I. will be making his motion picture debut in ATL which opens in theatres on March 31. Directed by renowned music video director Chris Robinson, ATL, which also stars Big Boi, centers on a group of four friends who have just graduated from high school in Atlanta.

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