About three weeks ago, Ice Cube told MTV that the script for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was 75% done. Well, now has a director and actually might happen. Turns out that New Line Cinema who bought the script has officially brought on F. Gary Gray to direct the film. Gray is probably most famous for directing Friday and The Italian Job. He also directed such music videos as Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day,” TLC’s “Waterfalls” and a slew of others.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script has been written by Andrea Berloff, who wrote the script for the Oliver Stone-directed World Trade Center, and almost nothing else. The article goes on to state that the film will “details the rise and fall of the Compton, California-based group, whose initials stood for ‘N*ggaz With Attitude.’ The members included drug-dealer-turned-label founder Eazy-E, a young DJ Dr. Dre, and the politically active Ice Cube, plus MC Ren and DJ Yella. Another member, Arabian Prince, left N.W.A. before the group released the groundbreaking debut album Straight Outta Compton in 1988.”
Also turns out that the film is being produced not only by Ice Cube but also by his Vision partner, Matt Alvarez, along with Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods. Production of the film is not yet underway nor has it been revealed who will star in the film. Although, there have been rumors that Eazy-E’s son Lil Eazy-E (aka Eric Wright Jr.) might play his father. [All HipHop]