News: Ice Cube Dissolves "Boyz N The Hood" Director Rumor, N.W.A. Biopic Still In the Works

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 3:25PM

Written by Biz Jones

West Coast rapper turned Hollywood actor, Ice Cube, recently provided fans with an update on the long-awaited N.W.A. biopic and said despite the speculation, a director has yet to be confirmed for the flick.

While recent reports attached Boyz n the Hood, John Singleton, to Cube's production, Ice says they are still on the prowl for a director to shoot the movie.

Addressing rumors that his "Boyz n the Hood" director, John Singleton, could possibly helm the project based on the rap group, Ice Cube basically said that he couldn't say. "We're interviewing a lot of directors. I don't want to say 'ye' or 'nay,' but we're interviewing directors," he said. "So, the movie's in progress in this high speed, and it's coming along. Hopefully, we get it done." The director remains the biggest missing piece of the puzzle, as Ice Cube confirmed that the script is where it needs to be for the flick to move forward. "I'm happy with the script. The script is about 75 percent there. We're waiting to hire a director and then bring it all home," he said. "It's always stumbling blocks in Hollywood. There are always ways that the movie can not get made. Until they green-light the picture, start cutting checks, it's still just a dream." (MTV)

Last September, Singleton hinted at something stirring up between him and Cube.

"I can't talk too prematurely about the stuff I'm doing because nothing's come to fruition yet, but Cube and I are talking about doing the N.W.A. story... The script is really, really good, and so we're just figuring it out. New Line really wants to make it." (Prefix Mag)

Various writers have already been associated to the long-awaited film project.

Who that script is written by, at least in terms of the latest draft, is unclear. Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center, the upcoming Fugees biopic), S. Leigh Savidge (The Legend of Dolemite, director of Welcome to Death Row a doc about Death Row Records), radio veteran Alan Wenkus and Matt Alvarez (a producer on most of Ice Cube's films) have all had their names attached to the project so it very well could contain elements from all four writers. If so, it seems like a good team whose past and future credits qualify them to tell the story of one of rap's greatest and most notorious ensembles hailed by Rolling Stone as 1 of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list (despite only having two albums). Not to mention that Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Woods-Wright, and Dr. Dre will also serve as producers on the film. (First Showing)

Back in 2010, Ice Cube revealed some key areas the film would cover.

"I'm trying to get the N.W.A movie made. I want to get a good script together and find a director. The movie is gonna cover how we got together, how we broke up and what happened after that," says Ice Cube. And while he says he's not yet sure who will play members of the iconic 80s rap group, Cube says he's already has clear vision on how the movie will begin and end. "The bookmarks for the movie will be when [Dr.] Dre started DJing for his Momma doing house parties up to Eazy's [E] death. There's no reason to go after that." (VIBE)

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