Electronic Dance Culture to Finally Get the Crime Thriller It Deserves


Not content with just one wildly entertaining and highly improbable dance-based franchise, Lionsgate/Summit has picked up a spec script by their Step Up 5 scribe, John Swetnam, that centers on “the world of electronic dance music.” Deadline also reports that Step Up 5 (and, lest we forget, the glorious Step Up Revolution) director Scott Speer will helm the film, titled Spinback. An already-set Speer/Swetnam reunion is surprising, but seems to point to the studio potentially being pleased with SU5, which is wonderful news for anyone into popping, locking, and total insanity.

Spinback is touted as a murder mystery that also includes a “returning soldier” storyline. Drama! Deadline reports that the film’s basic idea, which was cooked up by producer Todd Garner, is as such: a “soldier returns from Afghanistan. When his brother, a prominent DJ on the EDM circuit, is murdered, he must infiltrate that world in order to figure out the killer. The project aspires to have a fast-paced niche subculture vibe reminiscent of The Fast and the Furious and XXX.” Sold.

Speer is also particuarly dedicated to the film, as he made “a mock trailer for the movie, featuring EDM footage and footage from other movies which cut together established the tone they are after” with Spinback. Anyone in possession of said trailer is encouraged to send it over our way. Everybody dance now.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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