Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA recently discussed the passing of longtime friend/group member Ol’ Dirty Bastard and just what is going down with a couple of reported biopics in the works.
According to RZA, Dirty White Boy and Dirt: One Word Could Change The World are both still in production.
Wu-Tang Clan leader the RZA is working on two separate biopics about his cousin and bandmate, the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, IndieWire.com reports. One, Dirty White Boy, will focus on Dirty’s manager during the rapper’s final two years. The other, with the working title Dirt: One Word Could Change The World, will involve ODB’s family. “His mother is involved with Dirty White Boy. I’m involved with both, anything about his life, I want to help out with any capacity. His mother told me I should come in and help,” said RZA. (Rolling Stone)
The latter flick will place high emphasis on ODB’s pre-fame days coming up in New York.
Dirty White Boy examines the twilight of Dirty’s career, but Dirt looks to tell the early days of the rapper’s journey. “As far as Dirt, that actually starts back when we was young . . . Me and [ODB] ran through this city, man, cutting school, stealin’ pretzels from the hot dog stand, being vagabonds, sleeping on the trains, drinking ’40s on the back of the A Train, rapping, getting chased by the police,” said RZA. “It’s a coming-of-age story that me and him and a few of our cousins went through. Then it goes on into finally becoming Wu-Tang, going through that hell. And then it takes on his side of it, not my side.” (Rolling Stone)
Back in June, the Wu’s GZA denied taking part in one of the biopics.
UPDATE: GZA’s representative writes, “Spoke to GZA today. I will tell you 100% he is not appearing in the ODB / Jarred Weisfeld movie. I can’t speak for the rest of the group, but definitely not true about GZA.” (Pitchfork)
Months ago, Dirty White Boy lead actor Michael K. Williams hinted at the entire Clan hopping on-board.
Michael K. Williams might just want to join the Wu-Tang Clan. The intense actor, who turned heads as Omar in “The Wire,” tells us he’s preparing for his first lead role as the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard in an upcoming biopic about the troubled rapper, but adds that the producers of the movie, tentatively titled “Dirty White Boy,” “have no desire to cast any actors as the Wu-Tang.” So expect to see the RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and the other members of the groundbreaking hip-hop crew in the film. “We need all hands on deck,” Williams says. Including Inspectah Deck, we hope. (New York Daily News)