John Singleton is Working with Rapper Ice Cube on an N.W.A Biopic

September 20, 2011
Source: The Playlist


While doing press for his new film Abduction starring Taylor Lautner, director John Singleton briefly spoke to The Playlist about re-teaming with his his Boyz n the Hood star Ice Cube for a project very close to the rapper-turned-actor's heart; Straight Outta Compton, the long-gestating biopic of the late '80s/early '90s Compton, California-based rap group N.W.A. of which Cube was an original founding member. While Singleton didn't have much to say about the project since it's in the early stages of development, he indicated it has a strong script and that both New Line Cinema and Ice Cube are on board.

Singleton had this to say about the film's status:

"I can’t talk too prematurely about the stuff I’m doing because nothing’s come to fruition yet, but Cube and I are talking about doing the N.W.A. story… The script is really, really good, and so we’re just figuring it out. New Line really wants to make it."

Who that script is written by, at least in terms of the latest draft, is unclear. Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center, the upcoming Fugees biopic), S. Leigh Savidge (The Legend of Dolemite, director of Welcome to Death Row a doc about Death Row Records), radio veteran Alan Wenkus and Matt Alvarez (a producer on most of Ice Cube's films) have all had their names attached to the project so it very well could contain elements from all four writers. If so, it seems like a good team whose past and future credits qualify them to tell the story of one of rap's greatest and most notorious ensembles hailed by Rolling Stone as 1 of "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" list (despite only having two albums). Not to mention that Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Woods-Wright, and Dr. Dre will also serve as producers on the film.

As for Singleton in the director's chair, I can think of no better director for the biopic - with early credits such as Boyz, Baby Boy, Poetic Justice, and Higher Learning - which may allow him to return to his roots of hard edged street dramas that he made a name on. The big blockbuster Abduction will return him to the big screen after a 6 year hiatus between now and 2005's Four Brothers so lets just hope it doesn't take that long to get Straight Outta Compton on the streets.

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This would be amazing to see, I really hope it happens. If it can be true, raw, unflinching and hopefully with as little ego and distortion from its members and the studio, this would be a magnificent biopic.

Voice of Reason on Sep 20, 2011


I want to hear more about this!

Duck5 on Sep 20, 2011


"I'm a brother that'll smother your mother, an make your sister think I love her". Brings back such good memories, if only Eazy hadn't got the Aids, we coulda been looking at a reunion. I had another album, where Eazy talked about doing a bank robbery where he ended up in a room with a women he was going to sexually abuse and when he pulled the person in questions pants down, they had a penis. Who'd a thought it. Actually Eazy Duz It was a favourite for a long time. If it's as cheesy as the Biggie movie then it'll be baaaaaaaad. A good documentary about Ol' Dirty can be watched here: It's hilarious and deeply sad at the same time.

Crapola on Sep 20, 2011


Gotta use the infamous picture of them with the FBI watch list letter as the poster. Also, if it gets made, the cameos for this movie will be fucking outstanding.

Lebowski on Sep 21, 2011


Wow.  I am officially old.

Duane on Sep 21, 2011


It has to be either Singleton or Antoine Fuqua to direct this. I'd really like to see who they cast for this movie, especially Eazy E.

jah p on Sep 21, 2011


Hope they dont get Michael Clarke Duncan for the Suge Knight role. This is a Must See!!!!!!

Posthuman on Sep 21, 2011


Straight outta Locash, a crazy muthaf#cka named Gusto! I'll f#ck your wife cuz the bitch is big ho! Sorry, CB4 is hilarious! Anyway, this could be good. John Singleton is a great filmmaker, and I think will do this well.

grimjob on Sep 21, 2011

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