Hollywood is producing a WorldStarHipHop film

Paramount has bought a pitch to adapt the viral video site for the big screen, with Def Jam founder Russell Simmons producing

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Hip-hop and shock video site WorldStarHipHop is hitting Hollywood. According to Deadline, Paramount's microbudget studio Insurge has bought a pitch for a big-screen adaptation inspired by the website, which has become notorious for posting everything from music videos to street fights.

The pitch is the branchild of Ian Edelman, the creator of HBO show How To Make It In America. He's set to write the screenplay with Insurge and may direct the adaptation. Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has been drafted in as producers, and WorldStarHipHop creator Q Worldstar is also on the production team.

According to Deadline, the plot of the pitch bears similarities to 1986 comedy classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Just how Edelman will translate approximately 10 million hours of badly-filmed viral videos into a light-hearted comedic romp isn't clear – but hey, Hollywood once successfully made a film based on the Battleship board game, so anything's possible. 

For a taste of WorldStarHipHop at its finest, check out the site's monthly compilation of fight videos:

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