With the announcement of his new network Aspire, Magic Johnson has a lot of work on his hands and Soul Train might be at the top of the list.
According to The Associated Press, the Hall of Famer is considering bringing back the timeless dance/variety show which ran from 1970 to 2006.
Soul Train was the brainchild of the late Don Cornelius who died Feb. 1 from a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound. At his memorial last week in Los Angeles, Johnson assured Cornelius’ son Tony that the show would live long after his dad.
“The brand your father has created will last a lifetime,” he said.
In 2011, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Ron Burkle’s Yocaipa Cos. bought a stake in Vibe Holdings, which is the parent company of Soul Train Holdings.
Kenard Gibbs, CEO of Soul Train Holdings, told The Hollywood Reporter they “want to proceed in a way that will highlight the contribution of Don [Cornelius] to the creation of the brand and its subsequent impact on American culture.”
The AP also reports Johnson is looking to develop a Soul Train-inspired Broadway show, film opportunities, books and a cruise vacation that is scheduled to set sail in 2013.