News: N.W.A. Biopic Details Emerge, Eazy-E Takes Center Stage

Friday, Mar 13, 2009 1:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Script details from the upcoming N.W.A. (N*ggaz With Attitude) biopic have reportedly emerged, citing the controversy and untimely passing of Eazy-E as a primary focus.

Along with Eazy, the film will analyze N.W.A.'s rise and fall.

The bond Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Yella and Ren formed surviving on the streets as teens is the foundation of the movie as we then see them go through trial after trial once they hit the big time. From manager Jerry Heller, to the fighting between Cube and Eazy-E, to the media backlash that they faced. The movie will show how the group was torn apart and then how they ultimately reconciled during the news of Eazy-E's bout with AIDs. While the script does touch upon Eazy-E's death, it is the ties that bind the group from their early days in South Central that bring them back together again as they say final goodbyes to Eazy. (Woooha)

Early reports said fans would be introduced to an in-depth look into the careers of each member.

New Line is developing Straight Outta Compton, an urban drama about N.W.A. The project will chronicle the rise and fall of the rap quartet, founded by Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren, whose songs were so incendiary (i.e. "F--- tha Police") they were banned from radio playlists but still sold millions of albums. The film's producers, which include Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Tomica Wright (Eazy-E's widow), and Circle of Confusion entertainment, are now actively searching for a director along the lines of Curtis Hanson (8 Mile). (Entertainment Weekly)

Hip-Hop pioneers Run-DMC are also slated to hit the big screen in the near future.

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 fatally shot in his Queens studio in 2002. (Reuters)

N.W.A. was recently featured on VH1's "Rock Doc: N.W.A.: The World's Most Dangerous Group" last fall.

Taking an inside examination of hip-hop's most gangster rap group, "VH1 Rock Doc: N.W.A." will show the West Coast pact's origin by using interviews from former group members Ice Cube, MC Ren, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella plus Eazy-E's widow Tomica Woods-Wright, Ice-T and director John Singleton. Written and directed by Mark Ford, the show will be narrated by comedian Chris Rock. (SOHH)

No information has yet been released on the upcoming biopic's projected release date.

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