News: White Female Movie Writer Hired For N.W.A. Biopic

Monday, May 3, 2010 1:00PM

Written by Biz Jones

Film writer Andrea Berloff has reportedly been hired to write the biopic for famed West Coast rap group N*ggaz Wit Attitude (N.W.A.).

Reports of Berloff's involvement made headlines over the weekend.

Berloff is writing "Straight Outta Compton," the story of the rise and fall of the Compton, Calif.-based group. Having a white writer on black-themed projects, especially biopics, is a fairly recent trend. Sheldon Turner penned a draft of the Rick James project "Super Freak," while Brad Kane wrote the draft of the Richard Pryor project that attracted director Bill Condon. Especially noteworthy is that the person tackling the N.W.A. adaptation is a white woman. However, the scribe, repped by UTA and Benderspink, is known around town for tackling true-life stories. On top of "World Trade Center," she wrote "The Fugees," adapting a New York Times article for Universal, about a group of international refugee soccer kids who settle in Atlanta. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Former N.W.A. member Ice Cube will also be involved on the film.

The film is set up at New Line, with Cube and business partner Matt Alvarez producing along with Tomika Woods, the widow of Eazy-E. The MC died in 1995 at the age of 31, just a couple of weeks after revealing that he had been diagnosed with AIDS. It is not known whether the biopic will cover this period, but E's condition did bring the troubled group to reconcile their differences. (MTV)

Details on the film's overall premise were released last year.

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)

Initial 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)

No further details have been revealed as of now.

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