Straight Outta Compton, from director F. Gary Gary, has become a late summer 2015 box office smash in theaters. Focusing on the real life making of the 1980s/90s seminal-classic, gangster-rap album of the same name from music outfit N.W.A., Gary’s biopic succeeded on a wave of critical applause and good word of mouth, and helped in no small part by a crucially successful and well marketed viral ad campaign.
Since the release of Gary’s film about the California rap scene of the 1980s on the West Coast, viewers of the film have no doubt been wondering whether there would be more bio-pics to feature seminal hip-hop outfits in the near future. Recently rumors have circulated that a sequel of sorts is on the way (featuring another crew of seminal hip-hop superstars), but for now it seems that is not the case after all.
Word from TMZ reports that another film is on the way that will focus on the life and artistry of recording artists Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and the entire Dogg Pound crew. With the tentative running title of Dogg Pound 4 Life, the new film would pick up where Gary’s film left off – focusing on Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Daz, Kurupt, and Warren G – but won’t whitewash gang violence and its impact on the rap industry, according to the production’s associated recording artist and potential narrative subject, Daz Dillinger. The central roles of Snoop, Tupac, Daz, Kurupt, and Warren G. have yet to be cast, but Dr. Dre’s son, Curtis Young, will reportedly be in charge of central casting.
However, before you get too excited, a Universal Pictures representative has already informed EW that “at this time there are no plans for a Straight Outta Compton sequel.” That’s not to say such a project for certain won’t happen at some point (nor that Dillinger hasn’t been helping to plan one, either), but as of right no sequel is officially in the works.
Given the importance of the Dogg Pound crew in the early 1990s following in the wake of the success reached by N.W.A., a sequel to Gary’s film from this summer seems like the logical next step for bio-pic feature filmmakers interested in the West Coast rap scene of the late twentieth century to tackle next. With such a film not being studio-sanctioned right now, however, there is very little to speculate about at this time; still, if Dre, Cube, and Gary could make such a monumental hit out of their life story as recording artists, then Daz might be onto something with his proposed sequel.
Gary’s film is something of an anomaly in its honest, melodramatic depiction of the 1980s hip-hop scene, with its depiction of real life rap legends truly unlike anything that has been mounted before on such a large, cinematic scale. What’s more, a sequel to the story of N.W.A. might just be the kind of exposure of black lives and a given minority experience this is politically needed right now – making Dogg Pound 4 Life an immediately compelling and attractive premise, even if it never gets realized as a movie.
Straight Outta Compton is now playing in theaters. We’ll keep you posted on any additional news about a sequel as (or, rather, if) it becomes available.