WOW! I don’t know what to say. I have mixed feelings about this. I mean, what are we to expect from a biopic that is about a South Central, Los Angeles based rap group who’s most memorable titles consist of ‘Fuck da Police’ and ‘ Straight Outta Compton’? A bad-ass movie that’s what!
What we know: Director, F. Gary Gray who was a pioneer of 90s music videos and has worked with N.W.A founding member, ICE CUBE, in his first major solo hit “It was a good day”, is set to make the film. Gray’s work spread out over the 90s rap phenomena scene. Working with artists and groups such as Cypress Hill, Outkast, Dr Dre (another founding member of N.W.A), Queen Latifah, Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z. The man’s got quality credentials on the rap music-video scene that’s for sure.
The man himself, F. Gary Grey. Image Via
Grey’s artistic tentacles soon, inevitably, spread into cinema. Gray went on to direct The Italian Job featuring the likes of Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron. Gray garnered the Best Director award at the 2004 Black American Film Festival for his work on the film, which surpassed the $100 million mark in the domestic box office. Other films include A Man Apart, Be Cool and Law Abiding Citizen.
But enough about ol’ Gary. Let’s talk more N.W.A biopic. Back in December, Universal sent a script to be written up by Jonathan Herman, an expereicned and respected script writer. Ice Cube has been linked to a producing role, swapping his gangster pirates hat for the production chair.
Eazy-E, original member of N.W.A and joint creative writer alongside Dr Dre seems to live on through this film as his son and daughter are both going for the role to play their late father. The son was quoted saying there was a “high probability” chance he would play the role of his father; his daughter just wanted a shot. She even recorded and released her audition video. Check it out here.
Open auditions are now open and in typical N.W.A fashion, even the audition potser is gangster.
When asked about when shooting will commence, Ice Cube was quoted saying the following
“We’re getting the script tight and we’re starting to cast. Hopefully we’ll start shooting in April. We’ve had a few different writers; we’re still working that out. We’re going for a dramatic story that encompasses hip-hop, dope-dealing, Reaganomics, Aids, LAPD, rap feuds, FBI, PMRC, the Parental Advisory stickers on the records … all of it.”
It does sound ambitious. Not only that, Eazy-E’s delightful offspring are not the only one trying to capitalise on their fathers success. O’Shea Jackson Jr, Ice Cube’s little rug-rat, is tipped to play his old man! Who’d a funk it?
O’Shea Jackson Jr. To be fair, he does look like him.
When asked whether his son was to play the part of the tubby-gangster, Ice Cube was quoted
“Yes. I’ve been trying to get that pushed along. Just wanna make sure that he’s the best man for the job.”
Good answer Mr. Cube. For now it would seem we just need to sit tight for a little bit. No script nor actors have been confirmed. None of the original members will appear in the film, not even as a cameo. What we want to know is what you think? Do you actually want to see a biopic of the original gangster crew? Will it tarnish or weaken their appeal that made them so famous? Get connected and let us know by leaving a comment below.
As for me, I’m straight outta here…… and into my kitchen to make a crumpet.