If you were a fan of Straight Outta Compton, The Hollywood Reporter has some good news. Word on the Hollywood streets is that a biopic based on the book ‘Welcome to Death Row’ is being shopped around various studios. Adding more fuel to the rumor fire, the book was written by Compton screenwriter and co-executive producer, S. Leigh Savidge. So…there’s that.
In the wake of Straight Outta Compton‘s box-office success, APA is shopping Welcome to Death Row, which features many of the same figures from the Universal hit.
The agency has put together a package based on a book and documentary of the same name by S. Leigh Savidge, who received a story and co-executive producer credit on Compton.
While Compton chronicles the rise and breakup of seminal gangsta rap group N.W.A — a span that covers nearly a decade from the late 1980s to 1996 — and features the group’s members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E as the film’s three main protagonists, Welcome to Death Row involves the years after N.W.A formed, one of the most explosive and controversial periods in music history. It’s an era when rappers like Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur forged mega-solo careers and Death Row Records’ Suge Knight reigned as the most powerful and feared hip-hop executive in the business.
Before you get ready to put your favorite theater seat on advance reserve, there seems to be just one problem. The production team doesn’t own the rights to Death Row masters so, if they can’t secure permission to use Death Row recorded music in the film, it’s pretty much a Lifetime flick waiting to happen – remember what happened with that “Aaliyah” bio-film? But if APA can secure the music rights, then there’s a good possibility that this ride through West Coast past might continue into next summer..