With Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me” opening in theaters this week, word is another controversial rapper’s story will also be coming to the silver screen.
The Hollywood Reporter reported Lionsgate has announced plans to develop “The Book of Luke,” which will tell the story of 2 Live Crew’s Luther “The King of Dirty Rap” Campbell. The movie is being be adapted for the big screen by Craig Williams from Campbell’s memoir “Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City.”
The frontman of the sexually-explicit hip-hop group made headlines in the early ‘90s when he was involved in a copyright lawsuit related to 2 Live’s music.
Variety noted Campbell was sued by Acuff-Rose over a parody version of the Roy Orbison song “Oh Pretty Woman” for copyright infringement. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Campbell’s favor in 1994, finding that the song’s use of sampling of music for a parody represented fair use. The ruling also established music sampling as a form of parody.
2 Live Crew was best known for its 1989 album “As Nasty as They Wanna Be,” which was ruled obscene by a federal judge. Eventually a federal appeals court overturned that ruling. The act broke up in 1998, but reunited in 2012.
As for “The Book of Luke,” Deadline Hollywood said the script will possess a “Straight Outta Compton” meets “The People Vs. Larry Flynt” vibe. Also, the project is being developed for up-and-coming actor RJ Cyler to play Campbell in the film.
In addition to appearing in “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl” and “Power Rangers,” Cyler currently plays a large role in Brad Pitt’s “War Machine,” which was just released by Netflix.
On a side note, the selection of Cyler makes sense considering his parents literally met at a 2 Live Crew concert.