News: "Notorious" Screenwriter To Pen Run-DMC Biopic, Shines Light On Crew's Rise

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 11:14AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Iconic rap group Run-DMC will get the big-screen treatment with the upcoming biopic Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC.

A screenwriter for the project has already been chosen.

Notorious screenwriter Cheo Hodari Coker will adapt Bill Adler's "Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC -- The Authorized Biography" for DJ Classicz president Dallas Jackson. The filmmakers will explore the history of hip-hop's first superstars: Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, who was shot to death in his Queens studio in 2002. (Reuters)

The project will aim to gather support from people close to Run-DMC.

"It's an extraordinary rags-to-riches journey that I'm eager to bring to the screen," Jackson said. "And I'm hoping to have Run, DMC and Russell Simmons' involvement. This will be a big movie about the 1980s hip-hop movement that took over the world." (National Post)

Run-DMC are renowned as hip-hop pioneers.

With such hits as "It's Like That," "It's Tricky," "My Adidas" and "Walk This Way," Run-DMC exploded from the Queens neighborhood of Hollis onto the international stage with the help of future mogul Russell Simmons. An early MTV staple and platinum-selling act, the group influenced much of rap's future royalty. Retired since Mizell's death, Run-DMC will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4. (Hollywood Reporter)

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