Former N.W.A. member Ice Cube has updated fans on the status of his ex-group’s long-delayed biopic film and what key points will be highlighted.
According to the rapper-turned-actor, a director has still not yet been chosen.
“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)
Last May, Cube discussed putting the film together without N.W.A.’s late leader, Eazy-E’s assistance.
“We’re trying to put together an N.W.A movie, and he won’t be around to see that made. That’s what makes it a little sad, going back to the past. But for the most part, we had a ball putting it together.” There’s isn’t too much info about the possible N.W.A biopic, but Cube does have his hands full with plenty of other Hollywood projects. He plays a police officer investigating dirty cops on the force in the film “Rampart”; they start production on that movie later in the summer. Up first is the TV adaptation of his film “Are We There Yet?” (MTV)
World Trade Center movie writer Andrea Berloff was previously hired to help with the N.W.A. biopic.
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)
Details of the project being in the works began to circulate online around March 2009.
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)
Check out some past footage of N.W.A.’s Eazy-E below: