The LXD launches with a scripted online series about heroes and villains with amazing powers of dance, that band together in rival factions, with an epic back-story and mythology woven around how the various dance styles in the hip-hop world came to be. The LXD employs the hugely popular and visually stunning culture of dance battles, intertwined with a cinematic narrative. The series will be complemented by live performances, instructional videos, and a web community where fans can learn and perfect their own dance moves, and even become part of the story.
“We are thrilled to be involved with Jon Chu and Agility. The LXD is an exciting property that fits our strategy: it’s a highly commercial project from a proven filmmaker that has feature-quality production values,” said Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment.
Legion Of Extraordinary DancersAgility Studios, a boutique studio, develops, finances and manages content franchises that engage audiences across multiple media platforms including digital and traditional distribution platforms, including, videogames, live tours, film, television, broadband and more. Descending from industry elites including LivePlanet (Project Greenlight), Newscorp, AOL, NBC and REAL Networks, the founders bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and legacy to their investments and projects.
“The LXD has been one of those projects we believed in from the first meeting with Jon. His passion, vision and track record in the dance space is unparalleled and The LXD provides a platform for synthesizing dance and storytelling in a way that takes the genre to places no one has been before,” said, Scott Ehrlich, CEO ofAgility Studios. “Our priority in finding a company to launch The LXD’s first set of products was finding a team that not only believed in the property but had the muscle and experience to help us make it big. We are excited to be in business with PDE given their industry leading track record and history of innovation in digital media,” adds Larry Tanz, President ofAgility.
“The LEGION OF EXTRAORDINARY DANCERS” is the next generation of Chu’s successful run of dance projects; beginning with “STEP UP 2: THE STREETS,” the worldwide film sensation that grossed $148 Million at the box office, followed by “THE BIGGEST ONLINE DANCE BATTLE,” an internet phenomenon that has had over 20 million views on a series of dance videos with celebrity cameos including Adam Sandler, Diana Ross and Miley Cyrus. His upcoming project “STEP UP 3D” will be released in the summer of 2010.