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Ice Cube Still Planning NWA Biopic
John Singleton says he may direct

20 September 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Playlist

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Ice Cube Still Planning NWA Biopic

It's well over a year since Ice Cube announced he was planning to produce a biopic of his erstwhile NWA crew. In the meantime he's turned out for romantic drama New Year's Eve and played the Frank McRae angry captain role in 21 Jump Street. But Cube has continued to develop Straight Outta Compton, and now John Singleton has revealed he's in talks to direct.

It's an obvious match of material and a director who previously worked with Cube on the epochal Boyz N the Hood. Since then the likes of Shaft, Four Brothers and 2 Fast 2 Furious have kept him afloat, and he's recently completed the Taylor Lautner vehicle Abduction, from the hot Black List script by Shawn Christensen.

His Compton involvement isn't set in stone - "I can't talk too prematurely about it," he told The Playlist - but he does say that "the script is really, really good, so we're figuring it out." He adds that "New Line really wants to make it."

Last we heard, that script was in the hands of World Trade Centre writer Andrea Berloff, but it seems since to have picked up S Leigh Savidge and Alan Wenkus, both of whom are also collaborating on a new Dolemite movie. Savidge made a documentary about the Death Row label, the post-NWA home of Dr Dre, in 2001. Matt Alvarez, Cube's producing cohort from the likes of Barbershop and Are We There Yet?, is also involved.

Cube had an acrimonious split from NWA before pursuing his solo career (he went platinum, bitch, but he didn't have to sell out), and although he's been reconciled with his former bandmates since the death of Easy E, a Cube-controlled Straight Outta Compton still seems one-sided. That said, it's early days, so there's no reason to suspect that Dre, DJ Yella and MC Ren won't have some sort of involvement somewhere down the line.

There's also the question of casting: any suggestions for Cube as a teenager, with a little bit of gold and a pager?


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So psyched for this!!!
Ever since I heard about this (when it was first mentioned a year ago) I have been literally excited for this film to come out. Lil' Eazy-E is apparently portraying his father and Easy's wife will be Exec. Producer - so it's safe to say it will be FANTASTIC. People need to know the history of one of THE most IMPORTANT hip-hop groups of all time. I mean if it weren't for these guys, hip-hop wouldn't be the same. More

Posted by 23mike95 at 22:42 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

So psyched for this!!!
Ever since I heard about this (when it was first mentioned a year ago) I have been literally excited for this film to come out. Lil' Eazy-E is apparently portraying his father and Easy's wife will be Exec. Producer - so it's safe to say it will be FANTASTIC. People need to know the history of one of THE most IMPORTANT hip-hop groups of all time. I mean if it weren't for these guys, hip-hop wouldn't be the same. More

Posted by 23mike95 at 22:41 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Not 'Cube's First Doc
Icecube produced an excellent NWA-ish documentary last year which was primarily about the relationship between the group and the LA Raiders football team. It also included the history of NWA so he's proved that he can do it. More

Posted by repo136 at 16:22 on 23 September 2011 | Report This Post

I can relate to this film
as a mid-30s, slightly overweight, balding white man. Erm, motherfucker. More

Posted by TheMadFatChickKiller at 12:17 on 21 September 2011 | Report This Post

How about an NWA documentary, rather than a movie? Let everyone have their say that way. More

Posted by John Firth at 15:50 on 20 September 2011 | Report This Post

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