Published Mar 09, 2009It appears as if gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. are next up to get their very own big screen biopic. According to reports, New Line Cinema is planning a feature-length film on the rise and fall of the seminal L.A. outfit featuring Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E, giving the movie the very appropriate but obvious title of Straight Outta Compton.
EW reports both Cube and Dre are on board as producers, as well as Eazy-E's widow Tomica Wright. No director has been named but the producers are reportedly searching for someone similar to Curtis Hanson, the director who did Eminem's 8 Mile.
N.W.A. (aka Niggaz With Attitude) released a handful of albums in their brief career, most notably 1988's Straight Outta Compton, and eventually disbanded in 1991. Despite being banned on MTV, radio and basically every other media outlet, the group sold millions of records during their heyday, dubbing themselves the "World's Most Dangerous Group" and becoming one of the first hip-hop acts to establish, and capitalize on, the more anarchistic, nihilistic side of the genre.
The N.W.A. biopic will follow in an increasingly long line of Hollywood rap films, including the Biggie Smalls flick Notorious and the upcoming Tupac Shakur and Run-DMC biopics, which are both already in the works.