A lot of rappers end up becoming Renaissance men of sorts, venturing outside of their comfort zones and tackling new kinds of projects when the opportunity arises. For instance, guys like LL Cool J, 50 Cent and of course Will Smith have all become respectable actors in many different genres. MCs like Jay-Z have all sorts of business ventures, such as tackling sports franchises like the Brooklyn Nets.
However, directing isn’t something that many rappers try a hand at. It’s a tough racket to break into, but one member of the Wu-Tang Clan seems to be on his way toward finding success.
The RZA, who produced most Wu-Tang albums, as well as side projects for just about all of the group’s members, has also worked on quite a few movie soundtracks. The most notable of these might be for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. His debut, The Man With the Iron Fists, is scheduled for release this week, and he’s already in negotiations for some other pictures.
The first is a bit unusual, but it should play to the RZA’s fascination with Eastern martial arts and philosophy. The Mongol warlord and conqueror, Genghis Khan, hasn’t been appropriately portrayed on the screen after a tremendous flop decades ago starring John Wayne, but it seems as if the time is ripe to resurrect the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be directed by the RZA himself, who is also set to take on No Man’s Land, a heist thriller about a diamond theft gone wrong.