Published Feb 02, 2009For better or worse, it appears Run-DMC are next on deck to enter the world of biopics.
After penning the screenplay to the recently released Notorious, Cheo Hodari Coker is adapting the biography Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC - The Authorized Biography for the screen, with the book's author and former Run-DMC publicist serving as executive producer.
The film, tentatively dubbed Tougher, would explore the history of the hip-hop pioneers - Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, who was shot and killed in 2002 at the age of 37 - as well as the '80s hip-hop scene in general.
"It's an extraordinary rags-to-riches journey that I'm eager to bring to the screen," producer Dallas Jackson told Billboard. "And I'm hoping to have Run, DMC and Russell Simmons' involvement. This will be a big movie about the 1980s hip-hop movement that took over the world."
As previous reported, this would not mark the group's first time gracing the big screen. The trio starred in their own feature film, Tougher Than Leather, back in 1988, as well as last year's documentary, Two Turntables and a Microphone, which told the story of Jam Master Jay's life and untimely death.
No tentative release date for Tougher has been announced.
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