N.W.A. Biopic In The Works

Published 5 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 3:10 pm,

N.W.A N.W.A. Biopic In The Works

Andrea Berloff – who co-wrote director Oliver Stone’s 2006 9/11 drama World Trade Center - has been hired by New Line Cinema to write the script for Straight Outta Compton, the true-life story of the infamous rap music group, N.W.A.

N.W.A. was a group formed in Compton, California, by late rapper Eazy-E in the 1980s.  The band eventually counted amongst its ranks such individuals as Dr. Dre, MC Ren, and rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube.

The group released their innovative Straight Outta Compton album in 1988 amidst a sea of public controversy over their title track “F— the Police” – amongst other issues.  The album eventually sold over 9 million copies and became the standard for future “gangsta rap” records.

The band – which attracted accusations of anti-Semitism, homophobia, misogyny, and pro-violence from its critics – broke up in the early 1990s following internal fighting over royalty disputes and related personal issues.  Following the tragic AIDS-related death of founder Eazy E, the group members eventually reconciled in public over their troubled past together.

The five main members of N.W.A.

Naturally, Ice Cube himself will be producing Straight Outta Compton, alongside his Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez, Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods, and New Line executives Michelle Weiss and Dave Neustadter.

Cube has all but abandoned his “street thug” persona over the past decade, with turns in the Barbershop films, two sequels to his 1995 hit stoner comedy Friday, and the family-friendly Are We There Yet? and its sequel Are We Done Yet? – indeed, his last performance as a tough guy/action star was in the 2005 flop xXx: State of the Union.

Will the N.W.A. biopic resuscitate Ice Cube’s image as a politically-charged gangster?  Given that he’s also working on a TV series based on his Are We There Yet? films, I wouldn’t count on it.

Ice Cube - less a "bad thug," more of a "star of bad kid's movies" nowadays.

However, you can expect Straight Outta Compton to follow the standard “humble beginnings/rise to fame/fall from grace” plot arc of most Hollywood music industry biopics – it’s a story seen most recently in this year’s true-life project about the “first all-girls rock band” The Runaways (which featured The Twilight Saga costars Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart).

Music industry biopics have been around in some form since 1942′s Yankee Doodle Dandy and the genre has seen its share of highs (Ray), lows (Beyond the Sea), and even parodies (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) over the last decade.  Whether Berloff can craft a screenplay that transcends the clichés of the genre remains to be seen.

So – are you intrigued by the idea of an N.W.A. biopic?

We’ll keep an eye out for future news regarding the development of Straight Outta Compton, including information about any potential stars or directors.

Source: THR (via Coming Soon)

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  1. So that’s where Ice Cube started; didn’t know that. I may check it out but I’m not into the gangsta rap type stuff. Most of Cube’s movies could be better but I think the man has some acting ability. I thought he was great in Higher Learning and Boyz in the Hood.

    • Wow, u mean u never even heard of Today was a good day?

  2. I love Hip Hop, I grew up with it and I’m a fan of NWA. They set the standard and revolutionized the hip hop we know today. Even though the past couple years hip hop has been pretty awful, NWA began what Hip Hop would eventually become, one of the most popular music genres in today’s modern society.

    This sounds interesting. I saw the Biggie movie and I liked it, so I’m hoping this one is also good. The soundtrack should be great since I’m assuming they’ll be using some of the rappers music. I hope they stay true to the story of each of their lives, but I’m sure they would since Ice Cub is producing. I’ll stay tuned for more info about this in the future.

  3. I’m a big rap fan… so I can’t wait.

  4. Cant wait for this movie! NWA is one my favorite groups ever.

  5. Wow, i used to crank out their stuff when i was a teenager.

    should be an interesting movie.

  6. can’t imagine why anyone would accuse them of anti-Semitism, homophobia, misogyny, or being pro-violence…

    where’s our Menudo biopic??

    • for the same reasons other non rap bands are accused of it, and who wants to see a biopic about cow stomach?

  7. I still bang ‘straight outta compton’,’100 miles & running’ & ‘niggaz4life’ till this day. Classical hip hop that still manages to inspire with rawness. I hope they do this flick right,if not I will trully be disappointed! I love hip-hop,always & forever. Hell,they are partially responsible for me delving into making beats & rhymes myself..

  8. I thought they already made that one, wasn’t it called CB4?

    • First off FAIL. Secondly CB4 was a spoof of HIP HOP in the late 80s/early 90s, yes Chris Rock heavily spoofed NWA but it was not just aimed at spoofing NWA

  9. So pretty much Biopic means that its going to be a movie like, Notorious, right? If Im correct then I think thats a “Great” idea!!! NWA was the only group of men after Ice-T that showed the world how southcentral LA really functions. I wish I could be part if this. Im 19 but Im a HuGE!!! Fan of NWA… P.S. The only rapper out right now that holds NWA at the highest Respect is , Game. Since he works with Dr. Dre and Snoop they can all help out…

  10. I canr wait to see this movie

  11. Niceeer cant wait to see it