Published May 03, 2010Fans awaiting more news confirming that the rumoured N.W.A. biopic is indeed in the works, wait no longer. The film, which is titled after the group's iconic 1988 album, Straight Outta Compton, has settled on a writer to chronicle the N.W.A. story.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is being penned by the writer of Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, Andrea Berloff. The movie will document the rise and fall of the pioneers of gangster rap, including the release of their classic 1988 opus, Straight Outta Compton; the increased friction between principal members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E; the eventual departure of Ice Cube; and monetary disputes between Dre and E. It's unknown whether the film will include the AIDS-related death of Eazy-E in 1995.
Matt Alvarez will produce, along with Ice Cube and Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Woods. Michelle Weiss and Dave Neustadter will oversee the project for New Line Cinema.
Writer Berloff has written a number of true-life stories for film and television. Besides World Trade Center, she's tackled a film adaptation of a New York Times article about a group of international refugee soccer kids who settle in Atlanta, and is in the midst of adapting Mark Bowden's book, Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America's War With Militant Islam, about the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, for HBO.